International Women’s Day was celebrated at Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottage and Museum in Macksville with speeches, music, a monologue performance, a historic apparel display and an enthusiastic crowd of over seventy on March 8.
Author and historian Carrolline Rhodes gave the keynote address focusing on historical gender equality in the Nambucca Valley. Her speech included examples of the great sacrifices and back breaking hard work undertaken by pioneer women in a harsh and isolated environment.
Carrolline has produced a booklet on this theme, called “A Woman’s Place” and it is available at the museum for a gold coin donation.
Musical piano entertainment was provided by Heather Rose, resplendent in purple, with giveaway cds to audience members who could answer “What’s this tune?” pieces.
Her last piece on guitar was “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and this heralded the arrival of Helen Kirkpatrick who swaggered in with a glass of wine to perform a monologue written by Carrolline Rhodes and produced by Anne Joyce.
The entertainment captivated the audience with Mayor Rhonda Hoban saying, “it was wonderful to leave your cares at the door and just enjoy the spectacle and music.”
Raylene Ballangarry gave the Welcome To Country.
Museum volunteers provided morning tea, there was a display of historical apparel co-ordinated by Meg Davidson and the raffle drawing ended proceedings.
As well as celebrating the camaraderie of women and men in the valley the event raised valuable funds for the museum.