Banner created for and displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, Sea Lake 1991. This banner was identified as the first "icon" of the Gatherings and has been displayed at each subsequent Gathering.
The banner was created at the Sea Lake Secondary College by the Year 11 and 12 students. It was at this Gathering that a commitment was made to continue the annual gathering of women on farms. The organisers wanted to create something that could be handed on to the following Gatherings.
The closing of each Gathering and the anticipation of the next is celebrated with a formal 'baton changing' ritual, where a symbolic 'icon' is handed over from one organising committee to the next. Each item represents a story or message of some of the key themes and issues, which have shaped the meaning and experience of these women's rural identity.
This item is part of the Invisible Farmer Project. A key aim of this project is to redress the absence of rural women in mainstream histories and museums.
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Mrs. Rhonda Diffey - Women on Farms Gathering Heritage Group, 20/11/2002
Type of item
3700 mm (Width), 1570 mm (Height)
3730 (Width), 1540 (Height)
Measurement From Conservation.
[Link 1] viewed 12.05.2008 LDH [Link 2] viewed 12.05.2008 LDH
[Chapter] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. "Rural women reclaiming their place through symbols, stories and rituals"., 2008
[Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza & Diffey, Rhonda. 2006. "Motherboards and desert sands: stories of Australian rural women" Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies., 2006
[Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. 2006. "Creating collaborative living history; the case of the Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Heritage Collection", History Australia., 2006