Sept 9 & 10 2017
The organisers of Molly’s Bash regrettably have had to make the decision to permanently change the date of Molly’s Bash. Due to circumstances we can not control, this decision was reached on the 5th March.
The new annual weekend for Molly’s Bash will now be the second weekend in September so for 2017 that’s Sept 9 & 10.
For those who have already purchased tickets, a full refund will be offered.
We recognise that this change will cause some upheaval but we are trying to make this a very excellent and successful event that will run for years to come.
If you have any questions please contact Meegan Sullivan at [email protected]
History of Molly’s Bash
In 1990 Molly Clark had a vision for the recognition of the women who were in the outback working alongside the men and those who ran the homesteads and cared for and looked after the men working on the property. She also wanted recognition for women who were the first in their field or time – the first female pilot and doctor for example. She had dreamed of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.
Her dream was realized and the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame was launched at Old Andado in May 1993. The event was called ‘Molly’s Bash’ and the name remains today.
Ian McNamara from ABC Radio’s ‘Australia All Over’ broadcast live from Old Andado that day and the place was alive with people. Around 300 attended the first bash with all of the proceeds going to the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. The entertainment was well known country band Bloodwood and Ted Egan who played his Fosters beer carton. There was food and drinks for everyone and it was a big success.
The next really big bash was in May 2000 for the ‘Year of the Outback’ where a few hundred camped at Old Andado.
2008 saw the very first bash organized by the Friends of Old Andado (FOA) and it was attended by around 120 people from as far as Ceduna and Cairns. We were greatly assisted by local businesses, people and organizations whose support enabled FOA to make some funds that has resulted in this very website.