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Beyond the Bale : September 2012
OFF-FARM 6 The Women of Wool Luncheon at the annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria is always a must attend event, and this year the event, supported by AWI, was made extra special with the attendance of some incredible Australian women. Hosted by media personality Deborah Hutton and attended by the Governor- General Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, the lunch celebrated the work of seven women who have shown extraordinary passion for wool: TV presenter and woollen babywear designer Catriona Rowntree, fashion designer Lisa Gorman, curator and author Charlotte Smith, woolcraft expert Emma The Governor-General (centre) with the 2012 Women of Wool: (left to right) Pip Merriman, Jackie O'Brien, Katrina Wheaton-Penniall, Emma Gerring, Catriona Rowntree, Charlotte Smith, and MC for the Women of Wool event Deborah Hutton. Lisa Gorman not pictured. Gerring, textile educator Katrina Wheaton- Penniall, woolgrower Pip Merriman, and creator of knit and design studio 'Hazel Green' Jackie O'Brien. Comedian Rachel Berger delighted the packed house of 270 guests with her witty sense of humour, while the Governor- General brought purpose to the event with the heart-warming story of her childhood and father's career in the Queensland wool industry, which provided her with a lifelong love for wool and wool apparel. After the lunch, Ms Bryce presented Show awards for the Champion Australian Fleece, the Champion Merino Pair, and gave ribbons to School Junior Sheep Breeder winners. The Governor-General congratulates participants in the Merino pair competition at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria. 2012 WOMEN OF WOOL There was a record attendance at this year's Australian Sheep and Wool Show, which was accompanied by impressive sales figures for site holders, 2500 sheep entries, and 250 sheep dog trial entries. More information: www.womenofwool.com.au www.sheepshow.com, www.gg.gov.au The Governor-General with School Junior Sheep Breeder winners. September 2012 BEYOND THE BALE