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Icon - Computer Motherboard, Women on Farms Gathering, Bendigo,1997 Object Reg. No: HT 1421

Icon created for and displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, Bendigo 1997.

The computer motherboard was selected by the Bendigo Gathering organisers to symbolize the place of women in the heart of rural communities. Just as the motherboard is essential to the functioning of a computer, so women were seen as fundamental to the function and survival of their farms and rural communities. Women have taken a lead in using new technologies for farming and management. The computer has also proven to be an important networking tool for sharing stories and exchanging experiences across the diversity and distances of rural Australia.

'The motherboard is the main component in a computer. If it doesn't work, the computer won't work. We felt as women we could relate to that!' - Thelma Shearer, Bendigo Women on Farms Gathering committee member.

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.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, 2002
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 17 mm (Height), 212 mm (Width), 210 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, gender issues, globalisation, politics, rural life, work
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 1997 Bendigo WoFG, 1997 Bendigo - 'Over the Fence' excerpt from Gathering Speech
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Commissioned By: Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1997
Place & Date Collected: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1997
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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