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Pioneer Women`s Memorial : 25-June-2011
Pioneer Women`s Memorial : 25-June-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The Garden was established by Victorian Women in memory of pioneering women of the State. Two plaques are set one on each side. One honours the memory of pioneer women of Victoria at the 100th anniversary of Victoria 1834-1934, dedicated by the Women`s Centenary Council, unveiled June 1935.

The second plaque indicates the garden was erected to the pioneer women on 24 November 1934 by Premier, Sir Stanley Seymour Argyle. The plaque was unveiled by Lady Huntingfield on 8 June 1935. There is a tree planted by the Quota Club of Melbourne in 1960 and a casket containing sheets of remembrance to the pioneer women also buried here.

Hugh Linaker’s memorial garden is set in a circular depression, with a high wall of rough masonry covering the cutting at its southern end. This formal, symmetrical garden is traversed by a watercourse in the shape of a cross, which flows into a grotto carved into the cutting. Built into the grotto is a half-cupola lined with blue tiles, under which stands the small bronze statue of a woman by the sculptor Charles Web Gilbert.

In 1933, The Women’s Centenary Council was formed in an attempt to give the women of the state an influential role in the celebrations. At its first meeting, this council pledged to erect a suitable memorial to Victoria’s pioneer women, and fundraising initiatives were established with the aim of developing a garden of remembrance in Kings Domain.

The council’s initiatives included the sale of a commemorative book and ‘sheets of remembrance’ onto which anyone, for one shilling, could inscribe their own name, or that of an ancestor. This was very successful and thousands of names were gathered and then buried beneath the sundial in the garden. The work was carried out under the auspices of the Unemployment Relief Program during the Depression.

 

Location

Address:St Kilda Road, Pioneer Women`s Memorial Garden, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.825182
Long: 144.976029
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Designer:Hugh Linaker / Charles Web Gilbert

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th November, 1934
Left Side Inscription

To Honour The Memory Of The
PIONEER WOMEN OF VICTORIA
This Garden Was Dedicated By
THE WOMENS CENTENARY COUNCIL
Through Public Subscription
On The 100th Anniversary Of The
Foundation Of The State.
       1834 - 1934.
Unveiled June 8th 1935 By
Mrs. I. H. MOSS. O.B.E., J.P. Preseindet

 

Right Side Inscription

CENTENARY OF VICTORIA  , 1934
THIS GARDEN
Was Dedicated To The Pioneer Women Of Victoria 
On November, 24th 1934 By
SIR STANLEY ARGYLE 
K.B.E., M.R.C.S., M.L.A.
Premier Of Victoria
Unveiled 8th June, 1935
              By
LADY HUNTINGFIELD
Wife Of The Governor of Victoria

 

Inscription in Proximity

Plaque on sundial:

This Base Holds The Casket
Containing The Sheets
Of Remembrance To The
PIONEER WOMEN OF
     VICTORIA
   1834 - 1934 

Source: MA,VMR,RHSV
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