This exhibition is a project of the National Foundation for Australian Women, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, as part of the Foundation's ongoing initiative, the Australian Women's Archives Project.

Work on this project was generously funded in 2011-12 by the Government of Western Australia, KCGM (Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines) and Kalgoorlie-Boulder City Council.

Research, interviews and writing were undertaken by

Dr Criena Fitzgerald
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
The University of Western Australia

with contributions from the following:

Research and Images

  • Andrew Gill - Historian researcher
  • Robyn Horner - Historian researcher
  • Dorothy Erickson - Artist
  • Nalda Searles - Artist
  • Dr Robyn Taylor - Historian
  • Dr Jane Davis - Historian
  • Dr Lenore Layman - Historian
  • Moya Sharp - Outback Family History
  • Dr Bobbie Oliver - Historian
  • Kay Mumme - Family history researcher
  • Anne Skinner - Editor Kalgoorlie Miner
  • Tom Scott - Family history researcher
  • Ron Manners - Businessman
  • Robyn McLean - Family history researcher


  • Anna Russell - eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
    data entry and research assistance
  • Russ Weakley - MaxDesign
    website design
  • Helen Morgan - eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
    data entry, research assistance and website implementation
  • Ailie Smith - eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
    website implementation assistance
  • Dr Nikki Henningham - eScholarship Research Centre, The University of Melbourne
    Australian Women's Register project management

Home Page Image

The image on the home page is of Frederica Cooke (1897-1955), aged 20, a Kalgoorlie-Boulder midwife. You can read more information about Frederica Cooke in the themes Hospitals, Health & Schools, and Social Life. You can also read a longer entry on Frederica Cooke in the Australian Women's Register. Image supplied courtesy of Dorothy Erickson.