Barbara Marks was Queensland winner of the ABC Rural Woman of the Year Award in 1994.
Barbara grew up in Dalby, in the Darling Downs region of southern Queensland. She worked in a small business briefly, before meeting her husband and moving to 'Ambathalla Station' in Charleville, Queensland. They weathered many storms together, literally and figuratively. In the 1960s the wool price collapse forced her to move into town in order to ensure the continued education of her children, while her husband, Bill, worked as a shearer.