Location: Jessie Street Gardens, Sydney
Artist: Alex Koloszy
The Pioneer Women’s Memorial was designed and constructed by sculptor Alex Kolozsy, who migrated from Holland to Australia and in 1964 became an Australian citizen. The memorial was commissioned by the Women’s Pioneer Society of Australasia as part of Australia’s bicentenary celebrations, and was unveiled on 19 November, 1988 by Lady Rowland – the spouse of the Governor of New South Wales at the time.
The bronze sculpture is 3.5 meters tall, and depicts a woman carrying a baby in her left arm while pulling a young child alongside her on the right. It honours and acknowledges the contribution of women to the colonisation of Australia.