L to R, Diane Alley, Arlie McQueen, Kerry Lovering (Convenor WEL–Victoria), Mary Owen. Melbourne, 27 February 2012. On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2012, Federation Square in Melbourne showed a message wishing WEL a happy 40th birthday.
WEL–Tasmania celebrated its 40th anniversary on 9 August 2012 in Parliament House in Hobart. Speakers were, L to R, Ann O’Byrne, Margaret Sing (Thurstans), Sophie Wilson (granddaughter of the late Elizabeth Dean WEL–Tas. Member), Helen L’Orange (WEL–NSW and chair of the National Co-ordinating Committee of WEL –Australia). Julie Collins (Federal Minister for Women) and Cassy O’Connor (State Minister for Women). Hobart, August 2012.
This T-shirt was part of a display of memorabilia at the Tasmanian celebrations. The slogan “A woman’s place is in the House” was used by WEL members supporting woman standing for election, in Tasmania to the House of Assembly, and federally to the House of Representatives.
Helen Prendergast was an early member of Women’s Liberation and WEL in Tasmania. She came to Canberra to work in the International Women’s Year Secretariat and stayed on to make a career in EEO and women’s affairs in the Australian Public Service. Hobart, 9 August 2012.