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Join professional Tour Guide Jo Henwood as she reveals the stories of significant but often-forgotten women who changed our lives as we walk the Sydney CBD. There are few statues or plaques to women in Sydney so these women – lawyers, politicians, bankers, businesswomen, and many others - are easy to forget but by walking past their relevant sites your perspective on women’s history (and our city) will be transformed. Meet at the Eastern Entrance (Circular Quay Side) of the Museum of Contemporary Art 10 minutes before the tour starts so it can commence on time.

This walk will go ahead whatever the weather, except where the guide deems there to be a threat to health and safety. In this situation you will be contacted with an alternative date. Please ensure your mobile phone number is up-to-date with WEA before enrolling and ensure that you have it with you on the day in case the tutor needs to contact you.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Circular Quay: Kylie Tennant hubcap
  • Nurses’ Walk
  • St Patrick’s College, Church Hill
  • Westpac George St: women’s superannuation
  • Dymocks: Eliza Winstanley
  • Strand Arcade: Louisa Lawson
  • Castlereagh St: Beatrice Davis
  • Hyde Park: Mt Rennie Outrage
  • Hyde Park Barracks: Female Immigration Depot
  • Law Courts: first female politicians
  • Parliament House: women’s suffrage
  • Sydney Hospital: Lucy Osburn, Bathsheba Ghost
  • State Library of NSW: first female librarians
  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: female governors
  • Museum of Sydney (First Government House): Mary Putland
  • Macquarie Square: Mary Reibey
  • Jessie Street Park
  • Justice and Police Museum: Kate Leigh, Tilly Devine, Lillian Armfield
  • Circular Quay: Faith Bandler hubcap


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know significant women in the history of NSW
  2. Discover significant events and developments for women in NSW
  3. Learn more about sites in the CBD associated with individual women, and categories of endeavour

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