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Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

Henry Carmichael Theatre

Level 1, 280 Pitt Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT DUE TO LIMITED CAPACITY IN OUR THEATRE. YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST HERE.

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Sydney's Invisible Women with Jo Henwood

Join Jo Henwood as she celebrates the stories of significant women of Sydney’s history and some amazing women still around today.

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When we look around a city for monuments acknowledging significant people and their achievements throughout history, women are often missed. There are currently only nine monuments of women in the Sydney CBD compared to over forty of men – and one of a cat.

We have statues of Cook and Macquarie, but where are the monuments for…

  • Australia’s first teacher of Aboriginal language, Patyegarang?
  • The women who ensured Australia was the second country in the world where (some) women could vote – people like Louisa Lawson, Maybanke Andersen, Mary Windeyer, Rose Scott and Dora Montefiore?
  • The first woman in NSW who actually voted, Elizabeth Cadman?
  • The first female university graduates Mary Elizabeth Brown and Isola Thompson?
  • The McDonagh sisters, the only all-woman female film production company?
  • The first practicing female solicitor in NSW, Marie Byles, who also wore the many hats of pacifist, mountaineer, explorer, feminist, author, conservationist and avid bush walker?
  • And the first female surfers, librarians, astronomers, teachers, doctors and police officers?

These women have been left invisible.

Their stories should be told, and with March being Women’s History Month and World Storytelling Day on 20 March, this is the perfect time for you to discover these hero tales that are all around us – but not seen.

Join Jo Henwood as she highlights some of the significant women of Sydney’s history as well as some amazing women still around today, celebrating their achievements by exploring their individual stories.

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This event will be held in person at the newly renovated Henry Carmichael Theatre (formerly known as the Mitchell Theatre) at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney.

Registration to attend this event is essential due to limited capacity (COVID-19 safety).

Should NSW Health rules change in relation to reduced venue capacity, we reserve the right to cancel your registration and will contact you if this is the case.

SMSA is a COVID Safe organisation. In line with NSW Health orders, visitors to our Theatre will be required to register their details with the Service NSW COVID Safe QR code. Mask wearing is strongly encouraged. Please wear a mask during this event for the safety of all guests.

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Learn more about us and see our upcoming events: smsa.org.au

Image credit :The Womanhood Suffrage League of NSW by Freeman Bros Studio, 1892. State Library of NSW, ON 219 96

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Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

Henry Carmichael Theatre

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Sydney, NSW 2000

Australia

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