Digital photograph taken during a tour at the 1991 Sea Lake Women on Farms Gathering. There was only one tour offered at the Sea Lake Gathering, and it consisted of a walk through a local wheat farm as well as an opportunity to speak with the local farm owners about the hardships that they were enduring. Due to the economic downturn and ongoing drought, the wheat farmers could not afford to purchase the necessary equipment for the tilling of the paddocks, and subsequently they were forced to burn the wheat stubble. According to the Sea Lake Gathering Proceedings, this tour was a highlight and it was decided that future Gatherings should 'integrate farm tours as focal points of the Gathering.' Ever since, tours have continued to be a major feature of the Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings.
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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A woman standing next to farm machinery at a wheat farm tour during the 1991 Sea Lake Gathering.

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Colour Digital Photograph.

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