OUR WORK: PIPEMAKERS PARK
THE PIONEER WOMEN'S SHELTER
Sales of the popular book Pubs, Punts and Pastures, a history of pioneer women from Ireland, funded the design and construction of the shelter.
The design of this small building is a collaboration between the authors of this book (and members of St Albans History Society) Joan Carstairs and Maureen Lane and the artist and museum associate, Kerrie Poliness. A shelter was chosen as an appropriate form to commemorate the contribution of Pioneer women, reminicent of the work of Caroline Chisholm towards improving the conditions of trecking from early Melbourne to the gold fields. The scale of the building was determined by "what felt like a comfortable distance to sit across from someone else and have a chat".
The materilas of timber and bluestone reflect local materials; the timber used for construction is recycled from the demolition of adjacent Australian Defence Industries buildings.
Many people associated with the project and the Museum volunteered their skills and knowlkedge towards the enhancement of the building. For example, Purdy's kindly donated the construction of the bluestone path leading to the shelter, Rodney Purdy crafted an inlaid sandstone shamrock in acknowledgement of his Irish heritage. Some of the members of the Koorie apprentice gardening team (based in Pipemakers Park) became involved in the planting around the building in acknowledgemnet of their Irish ancestors.
The Pioneer Women's
Shelter was funded by St Albans History Society
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