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Author Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie.
Rachael is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock.
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.
Her other best selling works include, The Stockman, based on her experience with working dog education, The Rouseabout, inspired by her wild times at Australia’s Bachelor and Spinster (B&S) Balls and The Cattleman’s Daughter which grew from her experience in the Victorian High Country riding horses and droving cattle.
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 latest self-published book Dog Speak has recently been re-released since its original publication as part of a Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year rural bursary.
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 now trialling the latest pasture cropping and holistic grazing management techniques on her farming block using methods taught by NSW farmer, Colin Seis and Victorian Farmer Graeme Hand and backed by NRM South.
Her experiences will be woven into her fifth novel so as to inspire other farmers to care more for their soil health thereby delivering healthy food to our Australian families.
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