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Adams, Gwendolyn Isabelle (1941 - )


Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Community stalwart, Environmentalist, Farmer and Woolgrower


Gwendolyn Adams is widely regarded as a role model and mentor for women in agriculture. She has been a leader of the Tasmanian Women in Agricuture Movement and has a special interest in assisting women on the land who have been widowed. She was a Regional Winner (Tasmania) of the ABC Rural Woman of the Year Award in 1995.

Gwendolyn began her career in agriculture in 1969 when she took over the running of the family property 'Leighlands' near Perth in northern Tasmania. She and her husband successfully built the business and became advocates of environmental management while doing so. She has endeavoured to plant 1000 trees a year for the past two decades.

She is an advocate for agriculture and landcare through a range of community and industry groups, including the Tasmanaian Landcare Association, Tasmananian Women in Agriculture, Greening Australia, and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Wool Council. In 1998, she received a bursary to attend the Second International Conference on Women in Agriculture in Washington D.C. In 2000, she was a member of the committee for the Fourth Women on Farms Gathering held at Poatina.



Nominated for ABC Rural Woman of the Year In Tasmania
Induction - Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women - For services to agriculture and the environment
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) - For service to the agricultural sector in Tasmania

Sources used to compile this entry: Tasmanian Government, 'Gwendolyn Isabelle Adams AM', in Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women, 2005,

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