Landmark Women

A monthly event held by Museum Friends where prominent women talk about their lives, work and passions.

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Landmark women: Diane Kargas AM

Diane Kargas, General Manager, Philanthropy Matters

Landmark Women, 20 November 2015

Diane on family, community, philanthropy, tackling homelessness, supporting carers and charities and making a difference.


homelessness, philanthropy, poverty


Landmark women: Christine Waring

Christine Waring, milliner

Landmark Women, 23 October 2015

Christine describes her love of hats, learning and teaching millinery, opening her studio and working in Australia and overseas. Includes an appraisal of the latest fashion hats and accessories.


art, craft, culture, history


Landmark women: Dr Judy West

Dr Judy West, Executive Director, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Landmark Women, 18 September 2015

Judy talks about her love of the country and her work as a botanist across Australia and at CSIRO and the Australian National Botanic Gardens.


botany, plants, science, urban


Landmark women: Dr Jennifer Gall

Dr Jennifer Gall, musicologist, National Film and Sound Archive

Landmark Women, 17 July 2015

Jennifer describes the rich musical history of Mugga Mugga Homestead, Lanyon Homestead and Calthorpe’s House in the Canberra, and demonstrates works from different eras on her violin.


colonial, history, music


Landmark women: Robyn Hendry

Robyn Hendry, Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Business Chamber

Landmark Women, 21 August 2015

Robyn on business, tourism, the growth of the capital over 30 years and Canberra career women hitting their stride.


Canberra, business, industry, women


Landmark women: Marion Le AM

Marion Le AM, human rights advocate and lawyer

Landmark Women, 19 June 2015

Marion talks about growing up in New Zealand, her passion for teaching and multiculturalism and her continuing work with migrants and refugees.


conflict, journey, migration


Landmark women: Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley, founder and director of the HerCanberra website

Landmark Women, 15 May 2015

Amanda talks about the importance of family, and her ‘winding career path’ – from running a citrus marketing lobby group – to moderating the Mamamia website and setting up the HerCanberra website.


canberra, health, leisure, women


Landmark women: Felicity Packard

Felicity Packard, screenwriter and lecturer, University of Canberra

Landmark Women, 17 April 2015

Felicity talks about her personal journey producing the Anzac Girls television series and the many unknown great deeds of women in the Great War.


journeys, military, women


Landmark women: Heather Reid AM

Heather Reid, chief executive officer of the ACT Football Federation and Canberra United Football Club

Landmark Women, 20 March 2015

Heather talks about the evolution of women’s involvement in soccer, her childhood in the Snowy Mountains and almost 40 years working in sports administration.


sport, women


Landmark women: Julie Nichols and Rachel Evangelou

Julie Nichols and Rachel Evangelou, Handmade Canberra

Landmark Women, 20 February 2015

Handmade Canberra founders Julie Nichols and Rachel Evangelou discuss their creative passions and the business and markets they inspired.


art, business, craft


Landmark women: Michelle Hetherington

Michelle Hetherington, Senior Curator, National Museum of Australia

Landmark Women, 21 November 2014

Curator Michelle Hetherington discusses her life and her work researching and developing major exhibitions for the National Library of Australia and National Museum of Australia.


cook, exhibition, exploration, journeys, pacific


Landmark women: Dr Sue Packer AM

Dr Sue Packer AM, Child at Risk Assessment Unit, Canberra Hospital

Landmark Women, 17 October 2014

Paediatrician Sue Packer talks about her work to improve the lives of children and her role chairing the Mr Fluffy asbestos expert reference group.


abuse, children, neglect


Landmark women: Alex Sloan

Alex Sloan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Landmark Women, 26 September 2014

Popular 666 ABC radio host Alex Sloan reflects on growing up in the country, her work at the national broadcaster and her life in the Canberra region.

media, politics


Landmark women: Elizabeth Truswell

Dr Elizabeth Truswell, visiting fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

Landmark Women, 15 August 2014

Geologist Dr Truswell has combined her love of botany and geology with the study of palynology (the study of fossil and living pollen grains and plant spores). Her interest in deep-sea drilling has helped to create art works which have been exhibited in Canberra.


art, science


Landmark women: Susie Beaver

Susie Beaver, owner, Beaver Galleries

Landmark Women, 18 July 2014

Susie Beaver has worked in the arts with various community organisations across the country. Susie and her husband Martin run Beaver Galleries, Canberra’s largest commercial gallery, tirelessly promoting contemporary Australian artists.




Landmark women: Julia Newton-Howes

Dr Julia Newton-Howes AM, Chief Executive Officer, CARE Australia

Landmark Women, 27 June 2014

Julia discusses her life and work around themes of poverty, aid and development, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and her pursuit of data and evidence as a trained scientist.


culture, poverty, women


Landmark women: Mary-Jane Mountain

Dr Mary-Jane Mountain, retired archaeologist

Landmark Women, 16 May 2014

Mary-Jane talks about her 57 years as an archaeologist covering her experiences both teaching at universities in the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Australia and conducting fieldwork while completing her PhD in a remote PNG village.


anthropology, archaeology


Landmark women: Kaarin Anstey

Kaarin Anstey, Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing

Landmark Women, 11 April 2014

Kaarin talks about her research into ageing and the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia, and how personal experience influenced her career.


health ageing


Landmark women: Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster OAM, Museum Friend and fundraiser

Landmark Women, 28 March 2014

Carolyn Forster talks about her work in the Federal Parliament, and with organisations the Children’s Medical Research Institute, ACT Heritage Festival and Friends of the National Museum of Australia.


art, museums, women


Landmark women: Catherine Carter

Catherine Carter, ACT Executive Director, Property Council of Australia

Landmark Women, 14 February 2014

Catherine talks about running the ACT Property Council’s operations, policy development and public affairs, and working with people from bureaucrats to builders in a male dominated industry.


architecture, place


Landmark Women: Ruth Pearce

Ruth Pearce, former Australian diplomat

Landmark Women, 15 November 2013

Ruth speaks about her diverse and challenging international life as an Australian diplomat that included postings as Australian ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Russia along with accreditation to 12 former Soviet republics, the Philippines and Poland.


diplomacy, politics, women


Landmark Women: Elizabeth Reid

Elizabeth Reid AO, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

Landmark Women, 18 October 2013

Elizabeth is a development practitioner, feminist and academic with a distinguished career in national and international public service and was appointed the world’s first advisor on women’s affairs by the Labor Government of Gough Whitlam in 1973.




Landmark Women: Daryl Karp

Daryl Karp, Director, Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD)

Landmark Women, 27 September 2013

Daryl is an internationally recognised, award-winning executive with a passion for science media. In addition to her role as director of MOAD, she is director of the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Australia and the Children’s Television Foundation.


media, museums, science


Landmark Women: Louise Page

Louise Page, soprano

Landmark Women, 16 August 2013

Soprano Louise Page, one of Australia’s most highly regarded singers, talks about her work in opera, cabaret, recitals and broadcasts, as well as bringing up her family in Canberra.




Landmark Women: Catriona Jackson

Catriona Jackson, Science and Technology Australia

Landmark Women, 19 July 2013

Science and Technology Australia chief executive officer Catriona Jackson speaks about her career in politics, public affairs, tertiary education and journalism, in this Friends of the National Museum series.


desire, politics, science, women, work

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