Golden Women

In collaboration with Kim Deacon and the Hill End Arts Council and the National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW , this multimedia presentation , using live music, soundscape, text, light and moving image explores the powerful contribution women made to the harsh, frontier gold rush landscapes, with each story presented in a different space  within the exquisite gold mining town of Hill End.

Using music and storytelling, Kim takes you on a journey through historical Hill End properties, sharing the little known tales of the complex and diverse journeys of some amazing women travelling to lands unknown;

Scottish girl, Mary Maclean crossed the seas on the Africana in 1865, writing a shipboard diary that was found in 1960 in Hill End where she had lived out her life with a large family.

Elizabeth Hawkins, wife of newly appointed Governor of Supplies travelling to Bathurst across the treacherous Blue Mountains, the first free immigrant women to do so, travelling with her 7 children, husband and mother, Elizabeth wrote a detailed journal of the 18 day trip in 1822.

Harriet Beard, successful businesswoman who set up shop in Tambaroora in 1852 who approached her life with shrewd business savvy and ardent belief in humankind which saw her rise from an inexperienced spinster to one of the most esteemed business women in New South Wales.

The Golding sisters from Tambaroora, Annie, Katherine and Isabella, daughters of Anne and Joseph Golding. All three girls were destined to take leading roles in the progressive and humanitarian movements from the 1890’s onwards and went on to write their names indelibly in the social and industrial history of the State.

Free entry. Places limited. Contact us to book yourself and your party.

Sessions run  at 11.30am and 2pm  on Sunday November 4, 2018

1 hours drive from Bathurst.

Holtermann photos courtesy of Mitchell Library, NSW

This project supported by;





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