Shaping our Central Australian Surroundings

Launched as part of Wom­en’s His­to­ry Month 2012, the exhi­bi­tion Shap­ing our Cen­tral Aus­tralian Sur­round­ings: for women, by women, about women explored some of the many dif­fer­ent ways in which women have influ­enced the devel­op­ment of the built envi­ron­ment of Alice Springs, and Cen­tral Aus­tralia generally. 

The dis­play fea­tured sto­ries about some of the indi­vid­ual women who have played sig­nif­i­cant roles in build­ing, plan­ning and land­scap­ing in Alice Springs and the sur­round­ing region and asked vis­i­tors to think about the advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages for a town like Alice Springs of con­vert­ing from non-pro­fes­sion­al build­ing design and con­struc­tion to an increas­ing­ly reg­u­lat­ed, pro­fes­sion­al­ly-dri­ven built environment. 

Many thanks to vol­un­teer Anne Scher­er for all her hard work on design­ing and devel­op­ing this exhibition.