This image is one of 14 photographs of Emily Mueller of Glenbrook Dairy, Murray Bridge, South Australia, taken by Catherine Forge on 30 November 2017 as part of the Invisible Farmer Project, which included an oral history interview with Emily talking about life on the farm. This particular photograph depicts Emily walking with her favourite cow, Begonia, in front of farm silos and machinery.

Emily Mueller was born in Murray Bridge in 1994 and spent her childhood and teenage years growing up in Coonalpyn and Murray Bridge with her family. Emily's family were livestock and grain farmers, and Emily reflects that farming was 'in my blood' from a young age. Emily was educated at Urrbrae Agricultural High School and subsequently completed a TAFE certificate 3 in Business. She married her husband, Trent Mueller, in 2015, and moved to live with him on his family's farm, Glenbrook Dairy. Emily works on the farm in a number of capacities including bookkeeping, accounting, farm safety awareness, cooking, domestic duties, yard work and being mother to her first baby. The cow Emily is pictured with, Begonia, holds a special place in her heart; Emily first connected with her husband Trent via meeting Begonia at the Adelaide Show.

In this interview Emily reflects on her passion for farming, gender roles on the farm, climate change and adaptation, intergenerational change and her hopes for getting more involved with managing the farm, alongside her husband, into the future.

This photograph 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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Woman leading a cow on a rope leader amidst farm equipment. In the background is a hay baler.

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