Summary

Audio and video interview with Lindsay and Ann Jarvis by Liza Dale-Hallett at their dairy farm, Kergunyah, North East Victoria on 15 May 2010. Lindsay and Ann Jarvis are actively involved with their community and dairy industry, and volunteered for UnitingCare to distribute gift packs to bushfire affected families in North East Victoria following the Black Saturday bushfires. In 2002 & 2006 both Lindsay and Ann were awarded Order of Australia medals for their contribution to their communities and industry.

This interview forms part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection. Ann Jarvis is also represented in the Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection which includes an audio interview with her about the changing role of women in agriculture.

Description of Content

This interview documents the long and significant contribution of Lindsay and Ann to their local community and farming industry organisations and programs. The interview includes their early years together, the development of their dairy farm, their CFA involvement, raising three children, the 1970s down turn in the farm sector, the changes in their farming operation, the impact of droughts since the 1960s, the 2006 drought and their involvement in drought relief, climate change, involvement of women in agriculture, and their involvement in international agriculture forums. Lindsay and Ann describe their volunteer work with UnitingCare to distribute food vouchers and gift packs to 112 families that were impacted by the Black Saturday bushfires in North East Victoria. Over 200 families were directly impacted by the bushfires in the north east Victoria. Lindsay and Ann offer many insights about the issues that they came across during their visits to these families, and the different ways in which men and women have managed the crisis.

Physical Description

Digital file

Significance

This interview covers the important work done by volunteers in distributing practical assistance to bushfire affected families following Black Saturday. North East Victoria had the largest amount of private land affected by the bushfires, more than any other part of Victoria. The interview offers a valuable description of the many complex issues that were experienced by bushfire affected communities. This interview also documents the important contribution of Lindsay and Ann Jarvis to their local community and to the broader agriculture sector.

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