Trailblazers, Renegades and Activists
With writer and editor Ute Junker, discover the notable women, alongside their contemporaries, who propelled Sydney’s social avant-garde and became groundbreaking cultural touchstones.
Appreciate how unprecedented urbanism shaped Sydney’s inner-city suburbs of Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay as crucibles of modernity across multiple generations. Explore the story of pioneer Fanny Macleay with a talk on Elizabeth Bay House, and discover the role activists Juanita Nielsen and Dame Mary Gilmore played in advocating for significant local causes. Meet author Sue Williams and learn about the story of the ‘two Elizabeths’ – Elizabeth Macarthur and Elizabeth Macquarie, pioneering women and wives of early colonial Sydney. Enjoy lunch at one of Potts Point’s lively restaurants, and conclude the tour with a tasting at Kings Cross Distillery, learning about the venue’s past as a former illegal casino.