Mission and Vision
The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame aims to:
- celebrate the pioneering women of Australia as well as the achievements of Australian women who were first in their field, in a well-presented museum atmosphere.
- establish a museum recording the history of the Old Gaol.
The objectives of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame are to:
- establish a public museum for the purpose of recognising and honouring pioneering women who contributed to the development of Australia, which will be open and accessible to all members of the public during usual and reasonable business hours;
- assemble, exhibit and preserve a collection of pioneering women’s artefacts, photographs and memorabilia;
- develop a research library of pioneering women’s literature, historical records and personal manuscripts;
- promote knowledge and understanding by the Australian community of the special contribution of women;
- foster research into the role played by pioneering women in Australia;
- establish museum displays depicting aspects of the history of the Old Alice Springs Gaol;
- research and collect recollections of prison life from former staff and inmates;
- promote the use of the Old Gaol premises by other entities to enhance the attraction of the complex and to generate income; and
- develop relationships and assist other organisations with similar aims.
The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is managed by an elected committee of eight to twelve members, consisting of the Executive - President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer – and ordinary Committee Members. Committee members use their own individual skills to assist in the day to day running of the museum, future planning and fundraising aspects of the organisation.
President: Julie Ross
Vice-President: Telka Williams
Treasurer: Julie Ross
Secretary: Sara Cox
Ordinary Committee Members Chris Leahy, Patti Martin, Kay Eade, Meredith Kattenhorn, Mel Robson and Liz Marnie.
Public Officer June Noble
We acknowledge the invaluable help of previous committee members who have assisted in building the organisation. Their commitment is much appreciated.
The day-to-day operations of the museum are the responsibility of the staff, under the leadership of the Business Manager.
Business Manager, Jeanette Shepherd
Jeanette came on board in January 2017. Jeanette has a strong background working with non-profits in Australia and abroad across project coordination, communications, volunteer management and administration. Jeanette is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the complex,as well as guiding the museum to meet its long-term objectives and commitments. Jeanette also assists with greeting visitors, taking guided tours, and helping out in our gift shop. Jeanette can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Administration Assistant, Kirsten Skinner
Kirsten joined the NPWHF team in April 2017. She has a background in wildlife conservation and previously worked on a variety of conservation projects in Africa in research and project management roles. Kirsten manages the volunteers for the Old Gaol Shop, coordinates membership, produces the newsletter, and assists with grant preparation and other general administration jobs. Kirsten also assists in the Old Gaol shop, helps with general day to day running of the complex and assisting visitors.
Curator, Dianna Newham
Dianna Newham has worked as the curator at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame since April 2013, and is able to continue in this role thanks to annual grants from the Regional Museums Grant Support Program offered by the Northern Territory Government. Dianna completed a Master of Museum Studies at Macquarie University in 2013. Previous to this, with a background in anthropology and sociology, Dianna worked as a staff and consultant anthropologist for Ngaanyatjarra Council, an Aboriginal-controlled organisation in the western desert communities of Western Australia.
Curatorial Assistant, Lynn Day
Lynn joined the team in August 2016 and works here one day a week. She has lived in Alice Springs since 1993, and took part in the public meetings that helped establish the NPWHF. After many years as a biologist at universities and in the public service, she now works as a scientific editor and library assistant. Lynn has been a Board member at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and on the committee at Heritage Alice Springs. Her work at the NPWHF involves adding records to the HerStory Archive and other databases, helping with exhibitions and responding to requests for information from our archives and library.
Affiliations and Supporters
The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is a member of the International Association of Women’s Museums and of Museums Australia. We are also a member of Volunteering SA-NT, Tourism Central Australia and an accredited member of Tourism NT.
We acknowledge the support of our generous sponsors:
Policies, Plans and Newsletters
Strategic Plan NPWHF-strat-plan-jun2014
Collection Policy NPWHF-collection-policy-October-2013
Since 1993, the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame has been producing its regular newsletter “Pioneer Woman” and attached are the most recent newsletters.
To view previous editions, please contact us.