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Icon - Basket, Women on Farms Gathering, Ararat, 1996 Object Reg. No: HT 14138

First displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, Ararat 1996 in the 'baton changing' ceremony at the conclusion of the Gathering. It has been suggested that it may be the icon for this Gathering, however this is not confirmed. The basket has been used at all Gatherings since Ararat in the 'baton changing' ceremony, and has been used to display local produce throughout the Gathering.

The closing of each Gathering and the anticipation of the next is celebrated with a formal 'baton changing' ritual, where a symbolic 'icon' is handed over from one organising committee to the next. Each item represents a story or message of some of the key themes and issues, which have shaped the meaning and experience of these women's rural identity.
A large cane basket which is yellow/brown in colour with a cane handle. It measures 44cm by 38cm and is 48cm high
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Colleen Condliffe, 2007
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 480 mm (Height), 380 mm (Width), 440 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, gender issues, globalisation, politics, rural life, work, 1 or 1 1, 1 1, 1 and 1 1
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 1996 Ararat WoFG, 1996 Ararat - 'Prayer', 1996 Ararat - 'A Rural Woman's Time'
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Commissioned By: Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Ararat, Victoria, Australia, 1996
References: http://www.wofgcollection.org.au/About.aspx, viewed 12.05.2008 LDH
http://cv.vic.gov.au/#, viewed 12.05.2008 LDH
  1. [Chapter] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. "Rural women reclaiming their place through symbols, stories and rituals"., 2008
  2. [Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza & Diffey, Rhonda. 2006. "Motherboards and desert sands: stories of Australian rural women" Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies., 2006
  3. [Article] Dale-Hallett, Liza, et al. 2006. "Creating collaborative living history; the case of the Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Heritage Collection", History Australia., 2006

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