Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden (Melbourne)

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The Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden is located in Kings Domain, Melbourne, Australia and honours the contribution of women settlers to the development of the state of Victoria.[1]

Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden (Melbourne)

In 1933, plans for the celebrations for the 1934 Centenary of Melbourne began to be made, and a Women's Centenary Council was formed to ensure women's opinions were included.[2][3] At the first meeting, it was agreed that a memorial garden of remembrance would be created in Kings Domain. A variety of fundraising ventures followed, including producing and selling a commemorative book, and receiving public subscriptions to have a particular woman's name inscribed on a "sheet of remembrance". These sheets were later buried underneath the sundial in the garden.[2]

The garden was designed by Hugh Linaker and is a formal, symmetrical garden traversed by a watercourse. This flows into a grotto which contains a bronze statue of a woman by the sculptor Charles Web Gilbert.[3]

Two plaques in the garden were unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday 8 June 1935 by Lady Huntingfield, the wife of the Governor of Victoria, and Mrs I.H. Moss, the president of the Women's Centenary Council.[2][3] In 1960, the Quota Club of Melbourne planted a tree in the garden.[2]

The garden is today a popular venue for outdoor weddings.[4]


  1. ^ Melbourne, City of (4 November 2016). "Kings Domain". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Design, UBC Web. "Pioneer Women`s Memorial Monument Australia". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Melbourne, School of Historical Studies, Department of History, The University of. "Pioneer Women's Memorial - Cultural Artefact - eMelbourne - The Encyclopedia of Melbourne Online". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  4. ^ "The Pioneer Womens Memorial Gardens Melbourne". Retrieved 11 April 2016.

Coordinates: 37°49′30″S 144°58′34″E / 37.82512°S 144.97608°E / -37.82512; 144.97608