• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4671

Adams, Gwendolyn Isabelle

(1941 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1941, Launceston Tasmania Australia
  • Occupation Community stalwart, Environmentalist, Farmer, Woolgrower


Gwendolyn Adams is widely regarded as a role model and mentor for women in agriculture. She has been a leader of the Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Movement and has a special interest in assisting women on the land who have been widowed. She was a Regional Winner (Tasmania) of the ABC Rural Woman of the Year Award in 1995.

Gwendolyn began her career in agriculture in 1969 when she took over the running of the family property ‘Leighlands’ near Perth in northern Tasmania. She and her husband successfully built the business and became advocates of environmental management while doing so. She has endeavoured to plant 1000 trees a year for the past two decades.

She is an advocate for agriculture and landcare through a range of community and industry groups, including the Tasmanian Landcare Association, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, Greening Australia, and the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Wool Council. In 1998, she received a bursary to attend the Second International Conference on Women in Agriculture in Washington D.C. In 2000, she was a member of the committee for the Fourth Women on Farms Gathering held at Poatina.


  • 1995 - 1995
  • 2005 - 2005

    For services to agriculture and the environment

    Induction - Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women
  • 2006 - 2006

    For service to the agricultural sector in Tasmania

    Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Related entries

  • Related Events
    • First International Women in Agriculture Conference (1994 - 1994)
  • Related Organisations
    • Women on Farms Gatherings (1990 - )
    • Australian Women in Agriculture Movement (1990 - )