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Icon - Model Windmill & Shed, Women on Farms Gathering, Warragul, 1-3 May 2009 Object Reg. No: HT 27599

Model windmill and shed was purchased in Yarragon by the Women on Farms Gathering, Warragul, 2009. It was symbolically handed over to Liza Dale-Hallett (Curator, Museum Victoria) at the closing ceremony on the last day of the Warragul gathering, 3 May 2009. There was a double theme for the Warragul Gathering , 'Celebrate Farming Women' and 'Water - Our Future', with the windmill being chosen to represent this theme. It is usually the practice to hand over these symbolic icons to the forthcoming gathering committee; however, on this occasion no nominations for the 2010 gathering had been made.

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 two-part model designed for assembly and to be left assembled. Made of copper finished sheet metal, dark grey on underside. 1. Model consists of a flat sheet, turned down at edges to raise the sheet from display surface. At the 'rear' a separate sheet stamped to resemble rocks has been spot welded to the base, together with 2 'tufts' of grass. On the base there are 4 strips of metal welded at one end only. They have been shaped to accommodate the base of the windmill structure and then probably welded or glued to the base. At the 'front' a model of a hut has been fixed to the base by means of a flange. The hut has a door and 2 windows suggested by strips of wire bent to shape. The window spaces have been roughly cut out and the doorway has a post and rail style door ajar, welded to the front wall.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Warragul Women on Farms Gathering Organising Committee, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 125 mm (Height), 150 mm (Width), 315 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, rural life, work, rural women, women on farms gatherings, farming information, rural victoria, community groups, community organisations, gender roles
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 2009 Warragul WoFG, Rosa Wedmore, WoFG Volunteer
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Commissioned By: Women on Farms, West Gippsland, Warragul, West Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, May 2009
Place & Date Used: Warragul, Victoria, Australia, 1 May 2009 - 3 May 2009

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