Elder Family of Scots merchants and ship owners saw the infant South Australia as an opportunity to expand their business interests. Alexander Lang Elder (1815–1885), the pioneer, arrived in 1839 and established a trading business.
The Invisible Farmer collection is created from contributions from community museums, history groups and individuals throughout South Australia. It consists of both historical and contemporary objects and images that highlight the histories of women in agriculture mainly throughout the twentieth century and the late nineteenth century.
Deeply affected by the isolation and loneliness of her early married life, Mary Jane Warnes strived to improve conditions for her fellow countrywomen by founding the South Australian Country Women’s Association.