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Icon - Mallee Bottle, Women on Farms Gathering, Ouyen, 1998 Object Reg. No: HT 1422

Icon created for and displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, Ouyen, 1998.

The bottle of mallee sands and soils are a symbol of the way individuals (represented by the different grains of sand and soil) can join together, become solid and are powerful in one united group.

'This was a true symbol of the Mallee, and the Mallee Spirit - prepared to join together and work together and be proud of what and where we are.' Colleen Morrish, member of the Ouyen Gathering Organising Committee.

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: 275 mm (Height), 198 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: agriculture, bottles, gender issues, globalisation, politics, rural life, work, unicorn on lid
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 1998 Ouyen WoFG, 1998 Ouyen - 'Women of the Land'
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Commissioned By: Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Ouyen, Mallee, Victoria, Australia, 1998
Commissioned By: Ms. Colleen Morrish - Ouyen Women on Farms Gathering Organising Committee, Ouyen, Mallee, Victoria, Australia, 1998
Place & Date Made: Ouyen, Mallee, Victoria, Australia, 1998
References:, viewed 12.05.2008 LDH, 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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