AUSTRALIAN CENTURY FARM AND STATION AWARDS
The ACFSA celebrates our national agricultural heritage by capturing and preserving rural history which might otherwise be lost.
Families who have owned and operated their properties for more than 100 years understandably have great pride in what they have accomplished. It is a heritage forged of courage and determination, and often a pinch of luck!
In “a land of droughts and flooding rains”, keeping the farm or station from generation to generation is an impressive achievement.
The ACFSA through an annual awards program aims to keep these stories alive and celebrate this heritage.
Agriculturalists are faced with the ever growing challenge of feeding, clothing and sheltering a nation that has become increasingly distant from the source.
As the distance from producer to consumer increases, so lessens the understanding of all that we do and that our forebears have done to shape this nation.
An invitation is extended to all Australian families farming their land for 100 years or more to apply for a Century Farm or Station award, or the Sesquicentennial award. (150 years)
All types of primary production including viticulture, horticulture and forestry are eligible.
The awards are not tied to a specific amount of land although some of the original selection must remain in family ownership.
Applicant families must submit verification of this, generally copies of deeds etc. They are also required to write a narrative of family history and if possible enclose photographs both historic and modern to illustrate that story.
An agreement to archive the collected material has recently been forged with the prestigious Noel Butlin Archive, Australian National University , Canberra, A.C.T
Copies of the archived material will also be housed at the national ACFSA center in Collector, when a suitable building is acquired.
The awards are ongoing and open each year on January 1st, closing on December 31st.
The 2014 awards will be presented in Canberra at a gala celebration in early 2015.
Each applicant family will receive a handsome bronze plaque commemorating this milestone. The plaque can be placed at the property gate or hung on a building.
Wherever you may choose to display it, the plaque will symbolize your familyʼs perseverance and their ability to keep farming or grazing in the face of constant change.
Above all else, it will represent the hard work and desire to continue what was 100 years ago a dream, then a reality, and now a family tradition.
If your family meets the eligibility requirements, please apply!