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Icon - Spring, Women on Farms Gathering, North East (Beechworth), 2001 Object Reg. No: HT 1425

Icon selected for and displayed at the Women on Farms Gathering, North East (Beechworth) 2001.

The spring represents strength, flexibility, support through tension. The spring from the North East Gathering was chosen by the organising committee to capture 'the coiled potential and talent waiting to be unleashed: the image of each person bouncing off each other's energy and ideas'. The spring also symbolizes the link between the past and the future for the NEW (North East Women) pioneers as they 'spring' into the new millennium.

'The spring is the medium by which loads are lightened, shared, dispersed evenly and borne smoothly. The spring stretches to link two ends - the Past and the Future. The spring signifies earlier times - a big old rusty spring speaks of an important job of support for the farming community, in transport, early machinery or even an old chair when the day's work is done. It's a simple piece of equipment with so much potential. It works well individually but what a load it can carry when you put a few together. The NEW (North East Women) pioneers used it to 'spring' into the new millennium.' Ann Jarvis, member of the North East Gathering 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.
Rusty steel coil spring with open hooks either end from an old seed drill.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, 2002
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 680 mm (Length), 120 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: agriculture, gender issues, globalisation, politics, rural life, work
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, 2001 North East (Beechworth) WoFG, 2001 Beechworth - 'Celebrate', Lyn Johnson - WoFG Volunteer
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Community Activity - Women on Farms Gathering
Tertiary Classification: symbolic objects
Commissioned By: Victorian Women on Farms Gathering, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, 2001
Commissioned By: Ms. Ann Jarvis, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, 2001
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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