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A Place in the Stockyard – Tasmanian Women in Agriculture by Fiona Stocker | PB

A Place in the Stockyard – Tasmanian Women in Agriculture by Fiona Stocker | PB

  • $1995


In the early 1990s, farming women in Tasmania were forced into action by hardship. In a move echoed across Australia, women began to get together to talk and take action. Alarmingly, they found that a farming woman was officially classified as ‘silent partner, unproductive’. Yet these women knew how hard they worked, raising calves, mustering cattle, feeding teams of pickers and harvesters and managing finances. Over the ensuing two decades, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture changed the culture of farming in the state.

This book recalls the tribulations and successes the women experienced and acknowledges their role in a sector which remains one of Tasmania’s most significant economic drivers. It features stories of farming women from across Tasmania, stories of loss, achievement, hard work and great friendships.