Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of International Women's Day this weekend with Museum curator, Michelle Maddison who will reveal the stories of the Women from Wagga who contributed to the War effort both at home and on foreign shores. Featuring songs perfomed by the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir.
Saturday 8 March from 10:30am
Museum of the Riverina
Botanic Gardens site
Lord Baden Powell Drive
Anne Gorman - The Country Wife
In the tradition of Strength to Strength comes an unforgettable memoir of heartbreak and triumph.When she is five, Anne Gorman's family disintegrates. After thirteen pregnancies and the death of two children, her devout Catholic mother has a breakdown and Anne and her sisters are placed in a convent.Struggling to survive a childhood marred by fear and uncertainty, Anne sees education as her lifeline to freedom. After graduating from university, she's set to take on the world.But her plans come unstuck when she falls in love. Marrying a farmer and becoming a mother of five was a life she never imagined. Yet in this alien landscape she finds love and a sense of belonging.When her husband becomes gravely ill, Anne has to find the courage to keep the farm and her family afloat. Against a backdrop of dramatic historic change, from the shadow of war to the rise of feminism, an uncertain young girl grows into a woman of substance.
About Anne Gorman
Anne Gorman was born in Mudgee, the eleventh child in her family. After graduating from Sydney University with a BA and a post graduate degree in Medical Social Work, her career plans hadn't factored in her decision to marry a farmer and move to a sheep and wheat property in the Riverina. When her husband became gravely ill, Anne had to take up the reins to keep the property afloat and bring up their five children alone. She later went on to have a long and highly successful professional career, including serving as Head of the Australian Government's task force for International Year of the Child to the United Nations. In 2003 she established The Institute of Executive Coaching with an American partner. Her clients included Telstra, BHP, ANZ and state and federal government departments. The Country Wife is her first book.
Anne will be joined on International Women's Day by Jan Roberts from the Wagga Wagga Women's Health Centre who will share a broader history of Women's Health in Wagga Wagga.
International Women's Day
Sunday 8 March from 11:30am
Museum of the Riverina
Historic Council Chambers site
Corner of Morrow and Baylis Streets