Saturday, 27 May 2017

Remarkable women of Whitehorse and Manningham

Whitehorse Manningham Libraries celebrated International Women's Day, 8 March 2017, with the launch of a series of postcards celebrating the lives of eight remarkable women from the two municipalities. The postcards were illustrated by Edwina Marion and the text compiled by Lara McKinley (Community Stories Project Officer).

The women chosen were Jane Serpell (pioneer fruit grower), Annie Boorat (Wurundjeri woman), Elizabeth Burchill (nurse and author), Lexie Goyder (architect), Ivy Weber (politician), Wilhelmina Schwerkolt (German orchardist) and Janet Muir Gaff (Nurse and adventurer).
Postcard - Janet Gaff (artist, Edwina Marion)
The preliminary research that I undertook in January to locate Janet's story formed the basis for more detailed research required to write the second assignment for the Families at War unit.

Janet's name was included on the Shire of Nunawading honour board now displayed in the foyer of the Box Hill Town Hall. In 2017 Janet was commemorated again in this set of post cards.

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