The museum will be closed for roof works until early 2021. Stay connected with us via social or online at our Museum at Home website. Learn more.

Townsville's Pioneering Women

Discover More Talk

Tuesday 13 November | 12-1 pm

This month, Dr Dorothy Gibson-Wilde OAM will remember Townsville’s forgotten women. Often in the shadow of their pioneering husbands, these women were teachers, performers, opera singers and writers. All them have significantly contributed to Townsville’s story, and their records and diaries have provided invaluable information for historians and researchers today.

Dr Gibson-Wilde will discuss how opera and stage performances were introduced to Townsville by the famous Madame Carandini in the 1860s. Gladys Moncrief, Rosina Palmerston, Florrie Brown and Leila MacIlwaine were acclaimed artists and performers. Mrs Teresa Irving opened Townsville’s first school in 1866. Musicians, writers, entrepreneurs as well as nurturers and providers for their families - they all deserve to be remembered.

Dr Dorothy Gibson-Wilde OAM is a prominent local historian whose first book Gateway to a Golden Land: Townsville to 1884 was published in 1985. Since then, with her husband Bruce she has written or edited another 10 books, contributed to other publications and has written over 100 articles in journals and newspapers. Her latest book with Bruce Gibson-Wilde this year, Pen Portraits of Townsville contains sketches of the Townsville area from 1843 with contemporary descriptions.

Entry to the Museum of Tuesday 13 November is free for Townsville, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Charters Towers residents as part of the monthly Free Entry for Locals Days. Entry is also free for Annual Pass holders.

Image credit: Mr James and Mrs Jane Gordon. Mr Gordon was Townsville’s first Police Magistrate, and Mrs Gordon accompanied him to Townsville in 1865, with their three children.


Event Details

13 November 2018, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Related Links