Know My Name

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Just 18 per cent of biographies on Wikipedia are about women. When it comes to female artists and creators, that number is even lower.

Wikimedia Australia is partnering with the National Gallery of Australia on its Know My Name project, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of work by Australian artists who identify as women.

This March, we are co-hosting a series of edit-a-thons with galleries and libraries around Australia on the weekend of International Women's day. Our goal is to create 100 new pages about female creators, also as part of Art+Feminism.

Join us at an event near you.


Meet our Wikipedians

Bunty Avieson - Sydney

Bunty is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at University of Sydney. She worked as a journalist for 20 years in Britain, Australia and Asia. She has published three novels, a novella, two books of literary journalism about Bhutan, and been awarded two Ned Kelly Crime Writing Awards. She started researching Wikipedia in 2017 and is currently leading a three-year project to train Bhutanese on how to publish on English Wikipedia as a first step to taking charge of their own Dzongkha Wikipedia. Her Wikipedia name is Doctor 17.

Dr Alysia Bennett - Hobart

Alysia is a lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Architecture. Her current research focuses on overcoming barriers to the densification and diversification of dwellings in established suburbs to address the shortage of holistically affordable housing. Over the past decade Bennett has undertaken a range of architectural research and consulting roles within the public and private sectors, including the University of Tasmania, the City of Sydney, BVN and the Office of the State Architect in Tasmania. She is also affiliated with Cumulus Studio and Parlour’s WikiD Australia initiative.

Caddie Brain - Canberra

Caddie is an independent curator, producer and audio-maker based in the Northern Territory. Recent work includes Indigemoji and A Tale of Four Cities: A Soundwalk through Darwin as well as exhibitions for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Northern Territory Library. She has run Wikiclub NT since 2016 to improve the representation of Northern Territory content on Wikipedia. She is currently studying a Master of Applied Cybernetics at the Australian National University's 3A Institute.

Ingrid Cumming - Perth

Ingrid is a Whadjuk Noongar woman from Fremantle, Western Australia. A graduate of Murdoch University and Melbourne Business School, she has during her career, presented and published articles internationally, presented at TedXPerth and is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, Indigenous knowledge, research and cultural development. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Kart Koort Wiern (Head Heart and Spirit), founded in 2010, which is a Perth based consultancy that offers consultancy, training and workshops across Australia promoting reconciliation and increasing awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths and strategy. She recently co-coordinated the launch of Noongarpedia, Australia's first Indigenous language portal on Wikipedia in her traditional language of Noongar.

The Perth edit-a-thon is also supported by Gideon Digby.

Margaret Donald – Sydney

Married on the day of Harold Holt’s funeral, Margaret’s trajectory is typical of that era for a girl with a degree: marriage, children, divorce, single motherhood, and several careers: programmer, teacher, statistician, with the last leading to a Ph.D at the age of 68. Her interest in photographing and identifying plants led to her first contributions to Wikipedia in December 2017, and to her becoming a wikipediholic. Her inspiration for an article is frequently an image, and her constant purpose is to link, link, link - particularly to original source material.

Charity Edwards - Melbourne

Charity is a lecturer at Monash University and an architect-geographer who collaborates with artists and scientists to create objects, environments, and strategy. Her research highlights more-than-human impacts of urbanisation at the scale of the planet, and she foregrounds the long-disregarded space of the ocean in particular. She is currently investigating how urban processes extend into the Southern Ocean and manifest through increasingly autonomous underwater technologies. Charity is also a member of The Afterlives of Cities research collective, which brings together expertise in architecture, astrophysics, and speculative fiction to recover futures through civic creative practice.

Pru Mitchell – Adelaide

Pru is President of Wikimedia Australia, and has facilitated Art+Feminism events with the Women's Art Register team since 2018.

Caroline Phillips - Melbourne

Ann Reynolds – Sydney

Ann is a foundation member of the Women Write Wiki group which focuses on creating articles on women and women’s issues and meets twice a month at The Women’s Library in Newtown. Following a career in publishing and office administration and sailing in three Sydney-Hobart yacht races, Ann now spends her time researching local and family history, correcting Trove newspaper transcriptions and editing Wikipedia. With a BA in history from the Australian National University, she is co-author of “The Witches’ Houses of Annandale” published by the Annandale Urban Research Association in 2018. She is also membership officer and honorary treasurer of the Feminist Legal Clinic Inc.

Alice Woods – Alice Springs

Alice is a librarian living and working in Alice Springs who is currently employed as the Special Collections Coordinator at the Alice Springs Public Library. Alice is interested in all things Central Australian and improving the Northern Territory's representation on Wikipedia. Alice has only started being a regular Wikipedia contributor in the last few months but is loving researching and creating these pages. In creating pages Alice focuses on women and institutions/missions in the early years of Alice Springs and the people connected with them. Alice was inspired to start work on Wikipedia following a workshop run by Caddie Brain, Know My Name events coordinator, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.


Caddie Brain
Know My Name Events Coordinator
Wikimedia Australia

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