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Digital Photograph - Bryce Courtenay, Women on Farms Gathering, Swan Hill, 1995 Image Reg. No: MM 90518

Photograph of guest speaker Bryce Courtenay on stage at the 1995 Swan Hill Women on Farms Gathering. Notable Australian author Bryce Courtenay was Saturday morning's keynote speaker. Addressing the crowd with his talk, 'A Recipe for Dreaming', he argued that 'nothing happens without a dream and dreams are not intended for other people, they're intended for you.' According to the Swan Hill Gathering Proceedings, Bryce Courtenay claimed at the start of his speech that when he was born, his mother was visited by a witch doctor who told her that Bryce would be a rainmaker. On the final day of the Gathering, the rain came down in torrents following considerable drought. In the hope that this rain would continue, a 'rain dance' was organised during the Saturday night dinner, and led by locals Elaine Paton and Helen Morris. Strangely enough, 2005 ended up being a year of increased rainfall and the Swan Hill Gathering Proceedings reflected on this by stating: 'never underestimate the power of a women to wring tears from heaven'.
Colour Digital Photograph
Description Of Content:
Guest speaker Bryce Courtenay on stage at the 1995 Swan Hill Women on Farms Gathering.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Jean Willox, 2006
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: presentations, rural victoria, rural life, droughts, gender issues, work, community groups, conferences, rural women, women s associations, women on farms gatherings, agricultural farming organisations
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, 1995 Swan Hill WoFG
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: Courtenay, Bryce
Format: Digital Still Image: Colour; JPEG
Place & Date Depicted: Swan Hill, Mallee, Victoria, Australia, 1995
Place & Date of Event: Swan Hill, Mallee, Victoria, Australia, 1995

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