International Women’s Day special event


Join us to celebrate the success of female entrepreneurs of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Discover the story of Madame Weigel, her fashion journals and her paper patterns. At the peak of her success, one in five Australians bought her patterns yet the woman, herself, remains an enigma.

As an entrepreneur, Madame Weigel was not highly celebrated in the society in which she lived. Consider her story as you learn about the experiences of female entrepreneurs of the present day.

11:00am Official opening: Madame Weigel - Colonial fashion entrepreneur

11:15am Panel discussion: From women’s work to women’s business

Panellists: Leah-Jane Musch of The Un-Material Girl blog and popular Instagram feed; Laura Madden and Juanita Mottram, directors of eve workwear and eve renovations; Dr. Veronica R. Lampkin, author of ‘Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australasian Colonies’. Panel moderator: Deborah Fisher, Lecturer of Fashion Studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

12:00pm Light lunch: Contemporary bush food

12:45pm Drop-in maker space; pop-up shop; guided tours

Please note that, whilst this is a free event, bookings are essential. Should you be unable to book online, please contact museum staff at or 3285 7213.

Image credit: Madame Weigel pattern (detail). Moreton Bay Regional Council Heritage Collection.



  • Friday, 08 March 2019 | 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Old Petrie Town, 901 - 949 Dayboro Road, Whiteside 4503  View map

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