Image taken at the 1993 Tallangatta Women on Farms Gathering. This image depicts Gathering participant Marijana Southern saying grace before the Saturday night dinner. Marijana composed the grace giving thanks for all the plants, animals, cooks and other people who had given of themselves for the provision of the gathering dinner.
This item is part of Museums Victoria's Invisible Farmer Project Collection. The Invisible Farmer Project was the largest ever study of Australian women on the land, uncovering the histories and stories of Australian women in agriculture. It began as a pilot project (2015-2016) and evolved into a three year (2017-2020) nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academic, government and cultural organisations, funded by the Australian Research Council.
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A woman stands in front of a microphone on stage at the 1993 Tallangatta Women on Farms Gathering.
Colour Digital Photograph.
Celebratory dinners are a regular feature of the Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings. During these dinners women feast on local produce and wines and are also entertained with women's stories, speeches and performances, which have included songs, theatricals, fashion parades, comedy skits and dances. Often these performances have carried an underlying message about rural life from a woman's perspective, touching on a range of themes including farm succession, gender equality, community, work, and family life. The celebratory dinners provide an informal occasion for networking, sharing ideas and developing new friendships. They also allow women from across Victoria to relax, rejuvenate and recharge their batteries. Situated in the wider context of the rural women's movement in Australia, these dinners exemplify the importance of communication to the lives of rural women, as well as the varied ways in which women have networked, celebrated their lives and affirmed their rural identities.
Donation from Ms Elaine Paton, 06 Sep 2006
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