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Ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives

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Joy Taylor

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives is a collaboration between  National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame and 8CCC Community Radio, and celebrates Australian women who were/are first in their field.

National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is based in Alice Springs.  They have an exhibition: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: First in their Field which commemorates those Australian pioneer women whose stories are either unknown or not well known. There are many stories to be added, with more suggestions coming ion every month from visitors to the Hall of Fame, via the website and through other connections.

In general, the stories in The Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives exhibition are only available to be accessed at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame in Alice Springs

This radio project has provided an opportunity for 8CCC to work with National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame to record some of the stories so they can be shared more widely – on 102.1FM and streaming online.  Staff and volunteers at National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame have become skilled up in scripting, audio recording and editing, and the audio stories we have created are also now available at the exhibition so you can listen as you walk around and learn about and be inspired by all the stories of these pioneer women.

The music for the series was provided by kora player Rebecca Matthews and violinist Dian Booth.  These two musicians live in Alice Springs but had not meet before.  They spent some time together improvising and created some original music together as well as creating other pieces for sound beds, to give the series its own unique sound.

Since the project started, 8CCC has upgraded your website, so we can offer the stories as audio on demand – so you can listen to them at your convenience.

The Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives has involved quite a number of people so far, and we acknowledge their involvement in each episode.  This collaboration between 8CCC and National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame has resulted in a number of other projects including a 3-hour live broadcast from the International Women’s Day Open Day 2016, and performances by Dian and Rebecca at the International Women’s Day Open Day in 2015.

Trudy, Dianna, Sara and Patti in the ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives Exhibition at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, Alice Springs

Trudy, Dianna, Sara and Patti in the ordinary Women Extraordinary Lives Exhibition at National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Alice Springs

Dianna and Sara recording at National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame, Alice Springs

Dianna and Sara recording at National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, Alice Springs

Dianna and Dian with a portrait of Quentin Bryce, which had just been donated to the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame

Dianna and Dian with a portrait of Quentin Bryce, which had just been donated to the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame

Creating Molly's Story - the first story in the series is about Molly Clark, founder of the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame.

Creating Molly’s Story – the first story in the series is about Molly Clark, founder of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.

Joy and Diane at the 2016 International Women's Day live broadcast from National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame

Joy and Diana at the 2016 International Women’s Day live broadcast from National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame

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We acknowledge the support of the Northern Territory Government, Community Broadcasting Foundation, Women in Adult and Vocational Education, and the NT Archives Service.

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