From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher - A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra is proudly supported by the ACT Government Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

Centenary of Canberra


  • ACT Heritage Library
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Australian National University Archives
  • Canberra & District Historical Society Inc
  • National Library of Australia
  • Territory Records Office


  • Canberra Museum and Gallery
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • The Canberra Times


Dr Roslyn Russell

Roslyn Russell is a historian, author, editor and museum consultant who has lived and worked in Canberra since 1982. She holds Bachelor and Masters Honours degrees in History from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management) from the University of Canberra, and a PhD in English from the University of New South Wales.

Her published works include Literary Links: Celebrating the Literary Relationship between Australia and Britain, One Destiny! The Federation Story: How Australia Became a Nation (with Philip Chubb), Ever, Manning: Selected Letters of Manning Clark 1938–1991, and The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia. Editor of several museum magazines in Australia over the period from 2000 to the present, Roslyn has developed museum exhibitions in Canberra, interstate and overseas, including the Museum of Parliament and National Heroes Gallery of Barbados, and has co-edited a book on Caribbean museums, Plantation to Nation: Caribbean Museums and National Identity. She has also worked as a curator at the National Museum of Australia and is a Research Associate in the Museum's Centre for Historical Research.


Catherine Akeroyd

Dr Susan Andrews

Greg Bell

Greg Bell is an Arts (Hon)/Science graduate of ANU, and Archivist at the ANU Archives.

Catherine Bishop

Catherine Bishop has just completed a PhD at ANU and is a historian based in Sydney.

Kimberley Doyle

Kimberley Doyle is a PhD candidate at the School of History at the Australian National University. Her PhD research is on Australian peacekeeping in the Pacific region from 1997-2006. Based on a large oral history project with peacekeepers from all over Australia, her research is exploring the notion of what it meant to be an Australian peacekeeper 'keeping the peace' in this time and place. Prior to taking up her PhD candidature Kimberley worked in the public history field at the Historic Houses Trust museum, Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney.

Niki Francis

Niki Francis is a PhD candidate in the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University where she is writing a biography of the New Zealand-born Australian artist Rosalie Gascoigne. Her thesis explores migration, displacement, identity and artmaking in Gascoigne's life. Born and brought up in New Zealand, Niki has also lived in the United Kingdom, Germany, Iraq, Belgium and now Australia. She has a background in NGO management and in church ministry including hospice chaplaincy, occupations which, like writing history, have enabled her to indulge her lifelong interest in people and their lives. She is married to Allen Bryce and between them they have four adult children and one grandchild.

Dr Rosemary Francis

Rosemary Francis is a Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne and has worked on the Australian Women's Register intermittently since 2002 on specific exhibitions and on updating work as well. She has interspersed this work with other projects such as the ADB online, oral history projects and the production of written histories in collaboration with colleagues. She is currently employed on the ARC funded History of Advertising project at the University of Melbourne and the FaHCSIA funded Find and Connect Project.

Catriona McKay

Catriona McKay completed a Science(Hon)/Law (Hon) degree at the Australian National University in 2012. She is currently undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the ANU.

Dr Nicole McLennan

Since completing her PhD on English emigration to Australia (1860-1900), Nicole has worked in a variety of cultural and historical fields. She was a research editor at the Australian Dictionary of Biography before working as a curator developing opening day exhibitions for the National Museum of Australia and then filled the role of University Curator at the University of New England in Armidale (New South Wales). She has recently returned to Australia from the UK where she was attached to the Archive of the Irish in Britain at London Metropolitan University.

Annalise Pippard

Annalise Pippard graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Gender Studies with First Class Honours and the University Medal. She is now studying to become a secondary school teacher and maintains an avid interest in women's history and literature.

Selena Williams

Selena Williams is an archivist and a PhD candidate in the School of History, College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

University of Melbourne - eScholarship Research Centre Staff Members

  • Dr Nikki Henningham
  • Helen Morgan
  • Anna Russell
  • Dr Caitlin Stone

Web Design

  • Russ Weakley, MaxDesign

Members of the ACT Committee of the Australian Women's Archives Project

  • Margy Burn
  • Anne Buttsworth PSM*
  • Jill Caldwell*
  • Dr Patricia Clarke OAM FAHA*
  • Marie Coleman AO PSM
  • Ann-Mari Jordens*
  • Patti Kendall
  • Dr Louise Moran*
  • Maggie Shapley*
  • Ann Smith*

*These members of the committee prepared entries for the exhibition.

Home Page Images

The images on the home page are: Lord and Lady Denman greeting guests at the Canberra naming ceremony, 12 March 1913 (National Library of Australia, vn6158753, Details); and, Katy Gallagher, ACT Chief Minister (Katy Gallagher, Details).