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Thiele, Deborah (1954 - )

Born
21 May 1954
Waikere, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Businesswoman, Consultant, Farmer, Political candidate and Teacher

Summary

Deborah Thiele was the inaugural national winner of the Australian Rural Woman of the Year Award in 1994. A graduate of the prestigious Roseworthy Agricultural College (now a campus of the University of Adelaide) not long after it opened its doors to women, she was the first woman to be appointed as an Agricultural Science Senior in the South Australian Education Department. A teacher with a rapidly advancing career in the the Department of Education, she returned to farming when she married her husband, Anton. She is joint owner of their farm at Loxton in eastern South Australia. Since 2000 she has worked as an Agricultural Consultant and Lecturer, specialising in Farm Business Management.

In 2007, she stood for the federal electorate of Barker as the National Party Candidate. Prior to that, she stood for election to the South Australian Legislative Council. She stood again at the S.A election in 2010.

Thiele had an impressive record of community engagement at the time she won the award, and continues to maintain that record.

Details

Events

1994
Winner - ABC Australian Rural Woman of the Year

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Feminism flourishes down on the farm', Australian Financial Review, 7 July 1994; ABC Radio, '1994 Radio Rural Woman of the Year National Winner', in ABC Radio Rural Woman of the Year Award, ABC Radio, ABC Radio & ABC Online, 1997, http://www.abc.net.au/rural/rwoty/previous94.htm; Bowden, Ros, 'Deborah Thiele', in Ros Bowden (ed.), Women of The Land: Stories of Australia's Rural Women as told to Ros Bowden, ABC Books, Sydney, 1995; Debbie Thiele interviewed by Ros Bowden in the Women of the land oral history project, ORAL TRC 3406/10; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection; Sexton, Jennifer, 'Rural dynamo lifts women's profile', The Weekend Australian, 2-3 July 1994; Deboral Thiele's CV, downloaded from her National Party webpage, located at: [2010-03-25].

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection

  • Debbie Thiele address to the National Press Club on 1 March 1995, 1995, A National Library of Australia digitised item; National Press Club luncheon address; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection. Details
  • Debbie Thiele interviewed by Ros Bowden in the Women of the land oral history project, ORAL TRC 3406/10; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection. Details
  • Women of the land oral history project, Feb 23 1995 - April 26 1995, ORAL TRC 3406; Bowden, Ros; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection. Details

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