HerStory Archive

The stories and photographs of pioneering Australian women are preserved in our HerStory Archive, which has been catalogued and indexed in the database below.

Apart from preserving many often previously untold stories, the archive will be useful for future researchers, as well as inspiration for future exhibitions at National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame headquarters in Alice Springs and online.

The information comes to us through many avenues: from our staff and volunteer research and from information supplied by visitors, authors, scholars and friends and family of the pioneer women.

The information on each woman who is included is a summary of her file in our archives. We are working toward attaching photos and will update information as it becomes available to us. As you can appreciate, this is a huge task and will require some financial support. If you have additional information on any of the women listed or another pioneer woman, or believe that our information is incorrect, Submit a HerStory Form

  • BIRCHALL, Ida (Mbe)

    Born 1906, Died 1994

    1933 - Won Dagmar Berne Prize for Best woman Graduate (Sydney University) Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    Foundation Member of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and…

  • BIRD, Ann

    Born 1803

    1829 - First woman proprietor of a newspaper in Australia
    5 March 1803 - First newspaper published in Australia ' Sydney Gazette & New South Wales Advertiser' was

  • BIRD, Nancy

    1934 - Australia's first female commercial pilot to fly commercially.

  • BIRKS, Rosetta Jane

    Born 12 March 1856, Died 3 October 1911

    Christian women's leader active in many areas including welfare of girls and suffrage.
    Presided over several Baptist women's associations, including a mother's union,…

  • BISHOP, Ruth (Dr) (Ao)

    First person to discover the virus that causes Gastroenteritis

  • BITTNER, Benita

    Northern Territory's youngest Level I Tennis Coaching Australia coach. One of small group of Under 21s in Australia to receive National accreditation


    Aunt of Joh BJELKE-PETERSON (former Premier of Queensland)
    Feminist, Lesbian and ardent Conservationist.

  • BLACKBURN, Elizabeth

    2009 - Winner of Nobel Prize

  • BLACKHAM, Hilda May (Rev)

    1951 - First woman in Australia to be ordained as a Theological lecturer

  • BLACKMORE, Sheila M (Mbe, Faim, Aacs

    Founder Director of the National Association for Training the Disabled in Office Work (NADOW)
    Honorary consultant to Royal South Sydney Hospital
    Managing Director of Sydney Offset…

  • BLACKWOOD, Margaret (Dame)

    Born 26 April 1909, Died 1 June 1986

    First woman Deputy Cancellor at Melbourne University; First woman appointed Honorary Life Member by the Association of Women on Campus Melbourne University; OBE 1981, First constructor…

  • BLAIR, Roma

    Author of six (6) books on Yoga
    Established Roma Blair Yoga Clubs in Sydney
    1957 - Founded International Yoga Teacher's Association
    1959 - Established television program…

  • BLAIR, Roma

    First Australian Bride to be married by Proxy

  • BLAKE, Judith (Oam)

    Born 1929, Died 2004

    1984 - Awarded Whyalla's Australia Day Citizen Award
    1989 - Awarded Life Membership of YWCA
    1994 - Awarded Flinders University Suffrage Centenary Chancellor's Medal
    2003 -…

  • BLAKELEY, Josie

    Pioneer of Central Australia Netball Association

  • BLANCH, Myra

    First Flying Sister for Royal Flying Doctor Service

  • BLIGH, Anna

    First female Premier (popularly elected)

  • BLOOMFIELD, Jean Lillian

    Born 1916, Died 2005

    Pioneer of Central Australia. Wife of Ted HAYES (Jnr)
    Pastoralist Undoolya Station.

  • BLOOMFIELD, Kit (Dr)

    1929 - One of first Victorian Women to obtain a Pilot's Licence

  • BLOOMFIELD, Margaret

    Lived Lovis Creek Station (Now Ross River Homestead)
    Lived Mt Skinner Station.
    Worked at Royal Flying Doctor Service. Was Patron of Netball Association

  • BLOXHAM, Ada Beatrice

    1884 - First woman to win Sir W.J. Clarke Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London

  • BLUNDELL, Heather Pamela (Mbe, Oam)

    Born 1941

    1977 - First woman to win the major International Squash Championship - 16 years in succession.
    1999 - Became first player admitted as a member of the Women's International Squash…

  • BOHNING, Esther (Mrs)

    First lady on Tennant Creek goldfields Central Australia pioneer in cattle and mining

  • BOLIN, Beverley

    1948 - First known woman to qualify in South Australia

  • BONNES, Catherine Francis (Am)

    1986 - Established first hearing impaired Support Group in Broken Hill which became Broken Hill & District Resource Centre Inc., the first in Far Western NSW