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Icon - Wooden Bowl, Women on Farms Gathering, Shepparton, 2007 Object Reg. No: HT 18698

This wooden bowl is part of a suite of three icons selected by the organising committee of the Women on Farms Gathering, Shepparton, 2007. The bowl is crafted from 80 year old pear wood from the Silverstein's family pear and apple orchard in Tatura. The bowl represents the region's fruit industry, and the longevity and strength of the Shepparton region as the 'fruit bowl' of Victoria. It was made by Willis Munday of the Woodturners of the Goulburn Valley Inc. on the 16th May 2007.

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.
Wooden bowl with flat base. Made from small blocks of wood arranged in brick formation and the base is from small blocks arranged side by side, all glued together and then turned. The sides of the bowl are slightly tapered finishing with a small outward curve and a turned base ring. The underside of the base has a hollowed section in the centre. The whole piece has a satin finish seal coat applied.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Rein Silverstein - Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Shepparton Committee, 2007
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 110 mm (Height), 190 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: agriculture, gender issues, rural life, work
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Maker: Willis Mundy - Wood Turners of the Goulburn Valley Inc., Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 16 May 2007
Organiser of Event: Rein Silverstein - Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Shepparton Committee, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2007

Rein Silverstein was the owner of the horticultural property that provided the pear wood for this bowl. Rein was also the Chairperson of the Shepparton Women on Farms Gathering Organising Committee.
Organiser of Event: Robin Pettigrew - Women on Farms Gathering, Australia

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