Small black t-shirt sold by the toxic dump committee to raise funds for protest against the proposed toxic waste depot at Violet Town, circa 2002-2004. The Farmland for Food t-shirt was designed to communicate the issue of the location and impact of the toxic waste site on local food production. The proposed site was on the Goulburn-Broken catchment; historical records were used to demonstrate that flooding of this catchment would contaminate Victoria's food bowl. This t-shirt was for sale at the 2004 Horsham Women on Farms Gathering by members of the Gathering who were actively protesting the toxic waste site.
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.the absence of rural women in mainstream histories and museums.

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Small black 100% cotton t-shirt, label JB's, made in China, white logo on front containing pictures of sheep and cattle with a tree and accompanying text.


From their beginnings in the early 1990's Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings have aimed to give women the opportunity to voice their political concerns and to be heard by the general public and Government, with particular reference to issues affecting farming families and rural women. According to the 1992 Numurkah Gathering Proceedings, the 'aims of the Gathering' included a general aim to 'raise the public awareness of the vital role of agriculture to the economy and fabric of Australian life'. During the Gatherings issues of contemporary relevance and significance have been raised and supported through a variety of mediums including speeches, workshops, tours, networking and merchandising. One such issue is that of the proposed toxic waste dumps in the early 2000s. Proposals for three toxic waste sites across Victoria were issued in November 2003 to private landowners in the areas of Violet Town/ Baddaginnie, Ouyen/Tiega, and Pittong/south of Ballarat. Landowners were given a period of six months in which to respond to the compulsory acquisition of their land. The No Toxic Waste Dump committees were set up at each of the three locations to fight these proposals, which were ultimately successful.

The Toxic Waste Campaign affected many participants of the Women on Farms Gathering community and was represented by displays, banners, petitions and other materials at the 2004 Horsham Women on Farms Gathering. The No Toxic Dump campaign highlighted the ongoing issues affecting our sustainable futures: waste management and landfill options, social and economic survival of small rural communities, protecting water catchment areas, zero waste policy, unsustainable consumption, and the inequity between city and country communities. The campaign became an excellent example of community capacity building. It brought together small communities with a shared vision to challenge these proposals, providing a basis for the development of skills and knowledge and creating a means of building cohesion within and between the communities. Whole communities worked co-operatively together with success.

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