Newcastle International Women's Day Celebrations 1944 - 2011
Photographs and images compiled by Jude Conway for the Radical Newcastle Colloquium held at the University Gallery, 2 December 2011.
Jude Conway delivered a paper entitled "Game to be Radical: Josephine Conway and the Right to Choose Abortion Coalition" on the work of her mother and others in campaigns for the rights of women.
This all day event, featured historians, activists, public intellectuals and the wider community in examining and discussing a broad array of topics from sex and abortion to radical clergy, environmental activism and politics. And yes, the famous Laman Street Figs were also on the agenda.
Speakers included noted Australian historian Professor Ann Curthoys (University of Sydney), the first Green elected to public office in NSW, and Laman Street figs activist, John Sutton, and sociologist and linguist, Dr Jim Wafer.
'Radical Newcastle' is an important new project built around partnerships between the University of Newcastle and the local community. This project aims to recover the radical underbelly and often submerged dimensions of Newcastle history and to connect that past with contemporary activist movements in the Hunter region.
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1944 Madame Fabian Chow, guest speaker at Newcastle IWD, with Mrs Hilda Clark and Mrs Eunice Bailey, members of the Housewives Association. Madame Chow spoke about Chinese resistance to the Japanese invasion.
1945 - Miss Shakuntala Paranjpye, daughter of Indian High Commissioner meeting with representatives of Newcastle women's organisations
1945 Shakantala Paranjpye with Katherine Susannah Prichard, guest speakers at Newcastle International Women's Day luncheon
1953 - 18th March - International Women's Day Luncheon Flyer featuring Henrietta Greville as guest speaker
1955 Mona Brand playwright, Barbara Curthoys Union of Australian Women and Mary Simms from La Perouse Aboriginal Settlement at the IWD luncheon at Blackall House in Newcastle
1957 Mrs H McGarry President of Newcastle Boys High School Women's Auxiliary, Mrs E Devon Secretary and Mrs J Youngberry attended the International Women's Day luncheon
1963 International Women's Day - gathering at Civic Park for a peace march organised by the Newcastle Union of Australian Women
1958 International Women's Day Luncheon Barbara Curthoys UAW, Lucy Woodcock former vice-president of the NSW Teachers Federation and Jean Davidson UAW. Miss Woodcock spoke about the long campaign for equal pay.
1961 Eileen Dalwood (UAW), Flo Davis (Secretary of the NSW Hotel, Club and Restaurant Employees Union) and Barbara Curthoys (UAW) at the Newcastle Trades Hall Council IWD dinner. Mrs Davis spoke on Equal Pay and the struggle of women for equality
1959 Chair of the IWD committee Mrs E.J. Botterill, Mrs Madeline Kempster Secretary of the Australian Council for Child Advancement and Mrs M. Yates President of the Northern Miners' Women's Auxiliary at Blackall House Newcastle
1961 Peggy Hill (UAW), Jean Davidson (UAW), Noreen Hewitt (National Liaison Officer for the Miners' Federation Women's Auxiliary) and May Gow (UAW) celebrate IWD at the Mara-Lynne Newcastle
1964 International Women's Day Peace Rally Newcastle. Left to right: Barbara Shetter, Josie Gacourt, Janet Copley (nee Cant) at back, May Cant, Gladys Armstrong and an unknown woman
1968 Communist Party of Australia Public Meeting, an event for the Newcastle International Women's Day celebrations
1971 Behind the Eight-Ball: Bev Symons and Judy Mundey from Sydney Women's Liberation invade the Newcastle Workers' Club billiard room on International Women's Day. Women were not allowed to play billiards there at the time.
1972 Mrs Lester spoke to the Newcastle IWD luncheon about her role as a Field Officer for NSW Aboriginal Family Education Centres