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:

  1. 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;
  2. assemble, exhibit and preserve a collection of pioneering women’s artefacts, photographs and memorabilia;
  3. develop a research library of pioneering women’s literature, historical records and personal manuscripts;
  4. promote knowledge and understanding by the Australian community of the special contribution of women;
  5. foster research into the role played by pioneering women in Australia;
  6. establish museum displays depicting aspects of the history of the Old Alice Springs Gaol;
  7. research and collect recollections of prison life from former staff and inmates;
  8. promote the use of the Old Gaol premises by other entities to enhance the attraction of the complex and to generate income; and
  9. 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.

COMMITTEE 2016-2017

Executive Committee

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.

Jeanette Shepherd,

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 .

Meegan Sullivan,

Administration Assistant

Administration Assistant, Meegan Sullivan

Meegan Sullivan started working for NPWHF in September 2016.  She has come from an administration background and has previously been self-employed for many years.  She has a long affinity with the NPWHF as our founder, Molly Clark, was her Nanna and now Meegan is the Manager of Old Andado Station, Molly’s home and resting place.  For NPWHF Meegan manages the volunteer roster and training of new volunteers for the Old Gaol Shop, memberships, produces the quarterly newsletters and other general administration jobs.  Meegan also assists in the Old Goal Shop, helps with general day to day running of the complex and assisting visitors.

Dianna Newham, 


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.

Lynn Day,

Curatorial Assistant

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.

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. Earlier copies will be available once digitised.

Pioneer Women”, February 2017 NPWHF Newsletter Pioneer Women February 2017

Pioneer Women”, December 2016 Npwhf Newsletter Pioneer Women December 2016

Pioneer Women”, October 2016 Npwhf Newsletter Pioneer Women October 2016

Pioneer Women”, June 2016 Npwhf Newsletter Pioneer Women June 2016

Pioneer Women”, October 2015 Npwhf Newsletter Pioneer Women October 2015

Pioneer Women”, June 2015 NPWHF-Newsletter-Pioneer-Women-June-2015

Pioneer Women”, December 2014 NPWHF-Newsletter-Pioneer-Woman-December-2014

Pioneer Women”, October 2014 NPWHF-Newsletter-Pioneer-Woman-October-2014