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Icon - Farm Work Boot, Women on Farms Gathering, Warragul, 1999 Object Reg. No: HT 1423

Icon created for and displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, Warragul 1999.

'The boot was chosen to signify "Stepping into the Future", as we were about to step into the new millennium and the modernising of farm techniques. The boot was worn at the first tractor driving course in 1989 [by Win Macreadie]. It was then worn around the farm and after a good polish, by a WOF member to the Women on Farms Activities.' Evelyn Lillie, member of the West Gippsland Women on Farms.

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: 165 mm (Height), 115 mm (Width), 285 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: agriculture, rural life, work, footwear, rural victoria, community groups, community organisations, gender roles, rural women, women on farms gatherings, farming information
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings - What is a Gathering?, 1999 Warragul WoFG, Poetry and Song - The Victorian Women on Farms Gatherings
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Commissioned By: Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Warragul, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1999
Original Owner: Win Macreadie - Women on Farms, West Gippsland, Warragul, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1999
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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