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2007/56/48 Poster, 'International womens Day March', screen print on paper, design by Toni Robertson, Tin Sheds, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1980. Click to enlarge.

Poster, 'International Women's Day March'

Poster art has evolved significantly from the early posters first produced in Australia in the early 19th century that only featured text, to the posters in the Di Holdway Collection that are characterised by bold designs and effective use of photographic and graphic screen print techniques. The Di Holdway Collection is an important poster archive that shows the emerging political voice of Australia's youth culture through poster art. The collection shows how the poster was used as a political …


Object No.


Object Statement

Poster, 'International womens Day March', screen print on paper, design by Toni Robertson, Tin Sheds, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1980

Physical Description

Poster featuring the photographic screen print of a woman clothed in overalls and holding a banner with the wording: 'International / Women's Day March / Saturday / March 8th, 1980' and wearing a badge with the slogan: 'We are still here'. Information includes: '10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Rally / (Speakers Town Hall) / 11 a.m. march to Hyde / Park 12.15 p.m. "Breaking out" / A concert for women / Hyde Park near Museum / Station', on a patterned background of wattle blossoms. Poster marked.


'International Women's Day' symbol in blue on front of poster.



760 mm


510 mm



See also 2007/56/2 (see floral patterened background).



This poster is from the Di Holdway collection of posters accumulated over 20 years in Sydney, Alice Springs and Darwin and largely focuses on the work of print makers who first worked with the Earthworks Poster Collective at the Tin Sheds, University of Sydney. Di's involvement with the Tin Sheds began in 1974 when she was working at the Students Representative Council--initially as a secretary and later as its CEO.

Dianne Margaret Holdway (died 2001) was close to a number of 'Earthworkers', and during 1974-76, volunteered as a printer and 'racker'.

After finishing work at the Students Representative Council, Di worked at the South Sydney Women's Centre and worked closely with the Sydney University Settlement, both located in Chippendale.

In the 1980s, Di worked for Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory. Throughout this period, Di kept in touch in particular with Michael Callaghan of Redback Graphix, originally from Earthworks Poster Collective, who was at that stage commissioned to produce posters for a number of Central Australian Aboriginal organisations.

The posters in the Di Holdway Collection reflect their times, of course, but also represent Di's wide political and social interests over a period of two decades from the 1970s to 1990s. They very much represent her friends and work mates from the period.

Some of the posters are represented in public collections such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia.

(Extract from notes provided by Chips Mackinolty, Darwin, September 2005)


Credit Line

Gift of Alberto and Demetrio Alati, 2007

Acquisition Date

20 May 2007

Cite this Object


Poster, 'International Women's Day March' 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <>


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