Trail of Light


Mural by Rhondda Greig, a tribute to the Trail of Light women
Mural by Rhondda Greig, featuring Trail of Light women

We are delighted to advise that the three volumes of the Trail of Light have been digitised and are now accessible. This has been a joint project with The Landmarks Project Celebrating Women Trust and Zonta Wellington. The Trail of Light series is currently housed in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and features short biographical profiles of 80 New Zealand women which celebrates their social, economic, or cultural contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand. The ‘Trail’ places on record women who have made a tangible difference to the status and well-being of women in New Zealand. They have given outstanding service to others, some have inspired through their vision and courage, and some have worked quietly and effectively without public recognition.

The original printed volumes were a direct outcome of the successful Suffrage Centennial Year celebrations, 1991 — 1994. They were compiled and written by Barbara Mabbett, while the book design, and artwork of the accompanying mural (illustrating this post) were accomplished by Rhondda Greig.

There are three Tribute books:
•the first book records the biographical summaries of the women selected for the ‘Trail of Light’ of the original fifty women.
•the second book provides a brief summary of each Landmark
•the third book, called ‘Trail of Light Continues’ contains biographical summaries of 30 additional women.