Rural women, cross-racial collaboration and life writing in the Country Women's Association of New South Wales, 1956-1996. [ 2008 - 2010 ]

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Researchers Dr J Jones

Brief description In an era when race relations in Australia are usually characterised by misunderstanding and conflict, this project brings to light a story of co-operation and hope. Investigating six Indigenous branches of the Country Women's Association in NSW from the 1950s uncovers collaborations between rural Aboriginal and white women that transgressed social barriers and launched two significant Aboriginal matriarchs and authors into their public lives. This timely social and literary history project revalues conservative rural women's writing and activism, contributing to the reconciliation process and to the social health of Australia.

Funding Amount $270,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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