Rachael is a mother, regenerative agriculturalist and author who was born in Hobart and educated at Universities in Orange and Bathurst, NSW. As a young Tasmanian country woman, Rachael saw a profound disconnection emerging between the land and women in the growing culture of modern industrial agriculture. She set her sights on becoming a rural journalist and writing a bestseller that would showcase contemporary rural women, who were comfortable in, and caring of their farming landscape.
Her first novel, ‘Jillaroo’ (2002) has become an iconic contemporary work of fiction, changing the face of Australian publishing and kick-starting a boom of rural women’s fiction.
Ten years ago Rachael managed her family farm, whilst writing novels and nurturing two babies, but divorce and a family decision for her ex-husband to stay on the farm radically changed the course of her life.
The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating, and deepening an intense inward journey that led her to see that life is fantastic – no matter what! She also saw that if humans are to survive as a species, feminine principles need to be re-introduced into our food systems. Her biography from her experience of seemingly ‘losing everything’, Down the Dirt Roads, was longlisted for the 2017 Tasmanian Premier’s Prize Margaret Scott Award.
Currently, Rachael and her teenage children are enjoying a renaissance in balanced agriculture alongside Rachael’s fiancé, Daniel, as they regenerate and rejuvenate 100 acres of previously brutilised land in Richmond, Tasmania.
They have partnered with Aloeburn Poll Merinos to promote the ethical production of wool using the kindest animal husbandry practices and run the smaller breed of Dexter cattle so they are lighter on the land.
Rachael continues to write, and together with her family, move electric fences and water troughs daily to kick start soil and water health on their farm. Their goal is to create a holistically run, inspiring property where they can educate others to take on pure food production using regenerative principles. Watch this space as Ripple Farm Partners evolves to evoke farming that is balanced, boosts the ecology, produces nutrient rich food and is an agricultural business that is centred around love and respect for all living things.
Author Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her fiancé Daniel, two comedic teenagers and a collection of blissfully indulged animals.
Rachael is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read and to entice young people into a career in farming. At a soils level she is working to inspire farmers to switch to regenerative agricultural practices so as to increase both profits and a healthy ecology.
She also advocates education animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock via her storytelling and writing.
She is a Rural Business Administration graduate of Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW.
In between studying she has worked as a jillaroo, rural journalist, ABC radio broadcaster, professional woolclasser, part-time vet nurse, family farm manager, drover and stock camp cook.
Her first novel Jillaroo, published in 2002, has grown to become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction inspiring other country women to contribute to the genre of contemporary rural literature.
She has written six bestselling novels and she is published in Germany and the UK, and has her sight’s firmly set on the USA where agricultural systems need to change.
Her screenplay Albert’s Chook Tractor, was made into a half hour drama for SBS Independent Television and was filmed in Tasmania’s Fingal Valley and starred John Jarrett.
Rachael’s self-published book Dog Speak was created as part of a Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year rural bursary and is available on her webside. A collection of Rachael’s short stories, The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare, flew to number four position in the Australian Best Seller list when released in October 2011.
Rachael was the brainchild behind the $1 a week rental campaign for houses in her rural area. The campaign attracted International attention, saved her local school and sparked similar programs in other struggling rural towns across Australia.
She is has trialled the latest pasture cropping and holistic grazing management techniques on her farming block using methods taught by New South Wales farmer, Colin Seis and Victorian Farmer and Savoury Institute member Graeme Hand and backed by Natural Resource Management South.
Rachael released a collection of a dirty dozen short stories, 50 Bales of Hay and from that collection created an ‘agricultural adults only’ colouring book, 50 Shades of Hay with her local artist collaborator and supermum, ‘Ms Doodle O’Day.’
Rachael has collaborated with The Wolfe Brothers country rock band in song writing and her lyrics are featured in some of the band’s songs.
Her list of works include:
· The Stockmen
· The Rouseabout
· The Cattleman’s Daughter
· The Farmer’s Wife
· Cleanskin Cowgirls
· White Horses
Short stories -
· The Girl and The Ghost Grey Mare
· 50 Bales of Hay
Non Fiction -
· Dog Speak
· Don’t Fence Me In – Grassroots wisdom from a Country Gal
· Down the Dirt Roads – A Memoir of Love, Loss and The Land
· Albert’s Chook Tractor
HarperCollins signs Rachael Treasure for two-book deal.
HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to announce the acquisition of White Horses by bestselling and much-loved author Rachael Treasure, in an exciting two-book deal with Margaret Connolly. White Horses is scheduled for publication in Australia in September 2019.
White Horses is a big, sweeping and powerful Australian novel, telling the story of a young woman, Drift, who has been raised by her itinerant stockman father in Western Australia. While droving cattle on an isolated point, the madness of the modern world abruptly intrudes into Drift’s quiet life when a famous pro-surfer goes missing. Caught in the midst of a media storm, Drift is drawn into a tangle of secrets. She must find the courage as a woman to make her own way in the world, learning as she goes the truth of who she really is and what she wants from life.
HarperCollins Head of Fiction Catherine Milne said, ‘Rachael Treasure is indeed a treasure: warm, real, funny and engaging. And White Horses is everything a Rachael Treasure novel should be – and more. It’s a gorgeous, instantly appealing, all-consuming story, as big and as generous as those wide-open skies in Western Australia. Rachael was the first, and she’s the best – I simply can’t wait for us to bring this novel with all its big-sky soulfulness, humour and authenticity to readers everywhere.’
Rachael Treasure said, ‘Catherine Milne and the team at HarperCollins have a tangible reverence for Australian books and good writing. I love the way they are fostering the careers of young and first-time novelists. Artistically in the past, they have also trusted me with wonderful creative freedoms and I’m honoured to be partnering with them to bring the world my latest, big-hearted novel, White Horses.’