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Chambers, Joy (1942 - )

Born
21 February 1942
Violet Town, Victoria
Occupation
Farmer and Social activist

Summary

Joy Chambers was born in the Strathbogie ranges, into a faming family, and married a central Victorian farmer. After her retirement from teaching, and acting on her belief that the important role women played in agriculture should be recognised and encouraged, she took an active role in what became known collectively as the Women in Agriculture movement. She became a member of FarmAdvance, and was on the steering committee of the 1994 First International Women in Agriculture conference, working on publicity. After the conference, Joy was a founding member of the Central Victorian Women in Agriculture Group (CVWiA). She organised the workshops for the 1997 Bendigo Women on Farms Gathering, which the CVWiA organised, and instigated the Knickers Fund, which the group administered. Joy was active in the anti-GM (genetically modified foods) lobby, and the broadacre family farm has been granted organic accreditation.. 

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Archival resources

Melbourne Museum

  • Central Victorian Women in Agriculture Papers, http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/discoverycentre; Central Victorian Women in Agriculture Inc. (1994? - 2006); Melbourne Museum. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Audrey Drechsler Papers, 1979 - 2009, MS Acc11.023; Drechsler, Audrey Louise (1933 - ), Chambers, Joy (1942 - ); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Mary Salce Papers, 1976 - 2007, MS Acc10.145, MS Acc11.123; Salce, Mary (1945 - ); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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