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Digital Photograph - Participants at the Friday Night Dinner, Women on Farms Gathering, Bendigo, 1997 Image Reg. No: MM 90535

Photograph taken at the 1997 Bendigo Women on Farms Gathering depicting participants enjoying a social chat and a meal during the Friday night dinner. Following registrations on the Friday afternoon, participants of the Bendigo Gathering were entertained on the Friday night by two women's stories and a keynote address by 1996 Victorian Woman of the Year, Lola Miller. Dinners such as this give Gathering participants a chance to catch up with friends made over the years from previous Gatherings, as well as to relax, socialise and share stories away from the pressures of the farm.
Colour Digital Photograph.
Statement Of Significance:
Celebratory dinners are a regular feature of the Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings. During these dinners women feast on local produce and wines and are also entertained with women's stories, speeches and performances, which have included songs, theatricals, fashion parades, comedy skits and dances. Often these performances have carried an underlying message about rural life from a woman's perspective, touching on a range of themes including farm succession, gender equality, community, work, and family life. The celebratory dinners provide an informal occasion for networking, sharing ideas and developing new friendships. They also allow women from across Victoria to relax, rejuvenate and recharge their batteries. Situated in the wider context of the rural women's movement in Australia, these dinners exemplify the importance of communication to the lives of rural women, as well as the varied ways in which women have networked, celebrated their lives and affirmed their rural identities.
Description Of Content:
Attendees socialise during the Friday night dinner at the1997 Bendigo Women on Farms Gathering.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Joy Chambers, 2006
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: rural life, gender issues, community groups, dinners, friendships, conferences, rural women, women on farms gatherings
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Format: Digital Still Image: Colour; JPEG
Place & Date Depicted: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1997
Place & Date of Event: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1997
Photographer: Ms Joy Chambers, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1997

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