Wollongong Symposium

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John Monteleone
Program Director, Wollongong Art Gallery
John spoke about the WAG collection. The collection consisted of approximately 2500 works sorted into 5 categories: Colonial, Aboriginal, Contemporary, Asian, and New Acquisitions.
The WAG collections registrar identified approximately 80 Feminist themed art works.

Susan Jones
Archivist University Archives
Susan spoke with colleague Stephanie Drummond about the Wollongong University Archives
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Talk - Guerilla Archives
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Jo Holder and Catriona Moore
Contemporary Art and Feminism, SCA Sydney University

Gillian Fuller and Eric Riddler
Design and Art Online (DAAO), UNSW
Australian Art Archives, AGNSW


Prince Aydin, Alison Alder, Susan Buret, Joni Braham, Trina Collins (print studio Anchors Aweigh), Yael Filipovic, Grace Kingston, Madeleine Kelly – www.madeleinekelly.com.au,
Anita Larkin - www.anitalarkin.com, Ann Martin, Emma Mayhew
Annabelle Marieza McMillan, Mini Graff, Bec O'Shea, Jacky Redgate, Vivian Vidulich, Georgia Wallace Crabbe, Abbie Watson


Guerilla Archives PDF File

Guerilla Archives on the Illawarra
Mary Callaghan Poster Collection

Illawarra Unity,
Volume 2, Issue 5 (2002): Journal Articles
Illawarra Unity: Introduction 2002, Frances Laneyrie > Download as pdf
Timeline: Quick Reference to Feminist Activities, Frances Laneyrie > Download as pdf
Feminist history in Wollongong: information for researchers, Frances Laneyrie > Download as pdf
Feminist history in Wollongong: references, Frances Laneyrie > Download as pdf
Feminist groups listed as participating in the pre and early history from 1975 – 1980 included:
• Combined Miners’ Women’s Auxiliary
• Feminist Street Theatre Group
• Illawarra Non Sexist Committee (INSEC)
• International Women’s Day Committee (IWD C’ttee)
• Union of Australian Women (UAW)
• Wollongong Women’s Collective Day (Day and Evening Groups) (WWC)
• Wollongong Women’s Information Centre (WWIS)
• Wollongong Working Women’s Charter Committee (WWWCC)
• Women’s Abortion Action Campaign (WAAC)
• Women’s Study Group, University of Wollongong
The number of groups involved expanded in the first year to also include:
• Nebo Miners’ Women’s Auxiliary
• Witchwork’s Print Collective
• Wollongong Women’s Performing Arts Group
• Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
• Women’s Writers’ Workshop


Alison Alder
In 1984 Alison Alder was engaged to work at Reback Graphix in Wollongong as 'Trainee Artist in the Community', for a year, funded by the Community Arts Board of the Australia Council. She moved to Wollongong from Melbourne.

Excerpt from Artist Statement: The Kembla Coal and Coke Miners' Women's Auxiliary was, I think, the first organisation I worked with in Wollongong. I remember being very anxious and worried about the commission. My memories are pretty hazy but I do remember meeting a small group of 3 or 4 women, and discussing how they wanted to be represented. They were pretty intimidating – I don't recall there being much idle chit chat!

Artist statement > Download as pdf
Alison Alder, Future Feminist Archive Report > Download as pdf
Alison Alder at Wollongong University Archive by Jo Holder, 2015
Dolly Potter, Miners Women’s Auxiliaries: Wollongong University Archive:
Leanne Blackley Independent Historian, Dolly Potter anecdotes in 'You didn't admit you were hard Up': Working-class Notions of Moral Community’

Mini Graff

Mini Graff at Wollongong Library, Local Studies Collection, 2015


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(Left) Mini Graff, Working with Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong City Library Local History Collection. Broke, 2016, acrylic screen print (three stencils), 100 x 70 cm (Right) Mini Graff, This is Street Art, 2016. Silkscreen posters.

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Jobs for Women campaign at BHP Steelworks, Port Kembla early 1980s - http://www.jobsforwomenfilm.com/

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South Coast Miners’ Womens’ Auxiliaries campaign against dust diseases, late 1930s.

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South Coast Miners’ Womens’ Auxiliaries campaign against dust diseases, late 1930s.