Patch presented in 1996 by the Ararat Women on Farms Gathering committee for the Women on Farms Gathering perpetual banner. The theme for the Ararat Gathering was 'Keeping the Strength in Rural Communities.' The patch is now attached to the perpetual banner which is used at the Gathering each year.
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.

Physical Description

Unbleached white fabric squarefeaturing a dark green logo in the centre of the patch. The printed logo, which is in the shape of a square diamond, includes an image of a woman's face, wheat, wine grapes, a cow and a sheep. Dark green text surrounds the logo and reads: 'KEEPING THE STRENGTH IN RURAL COMMUNITIES/ARARAT 1996'.

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