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Before we get to the serious biography below, I am mostly a mother of two wonderful little humans, I am a writer, regenerative agriculturalist, and a lover of all things in life. I channel love into everything I create and I want to share it with the world. I’m also really ‘bloody oath Aussie okker’ and good at taking the piss out of myself, so I laugh a lot… even at the tough stuff life dishes up.
Here’s a sketch of my professional life below in case you don’t want to say ‘piss’ or ‘bloody oath’ at a formal speaking function or in an article for fancy folk….
Who am I?
Author Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two comedic young children 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 toinspire 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 (working title)
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