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Rachael Treasure Rachael Treasure i(A66357 works by) (a.k.a. Rachael Smith)
Born: Established: 1968 ;
Gender: Female
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Rachael Treasure graduated from Orange Agricultural College and Charles Sturt University. In the early 1990s, she was employed by the ABC in their rural Sale office. After meeting her then-husband, John Treasure, whose family had been droving cattle in the Dargo High Plains area since the 1870s, she began working with the Treasure family's weekend tourist droving business and, around the same time, in training working dogs.

A period working on a cattle station in Queensland led to her first novel, Jillaroo. She subsequently published further rural romances, from The Rouseabout to Cleanskin Cowgirls. She also returned to her family property in Fingal Valley, Tasmania.

In 2016, Treasure published the autobiography Down the Dirt Roads, exploring the breakdown of her marriage, the loss of the family farm, and her resulting burgeoning interest in regenerative agriculture.

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 43  in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon White Horses Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2019 15931380 2019 single work novel

'Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Drift has been raised by her father, growing up to work alongside him as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It's a tough life, but nurtured and taught by two wise women - Wilma, a gentle travelling librarian and straight-talking Charlie, the legendary mobile saddler - Drift grows up to become a confident, idealistic young woman.

'But the world Drift lives in can be ugly and brutal. After a horrific sexual assault, Drift meets a handsome young stockman, but he is not all that he seems and she is drawn into a baffling world of lies and mysteries, centring on a lushly beautiful property called The Planet, run by a wealthy American woman. When Drift's father is hospitalised following a tragic accident and the young man she loves disappears, Drift has to find the courage to make her own way in the world. Drawing upon the deep well of women's wisdom taught her by Charlie and Wilma, Drift has to overcome heartbreak, betrayal, loneliness and pain in order to forge her path, own her truth, and create the kind of world that she wants to live in.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover Cover designed by Laura Thomas
y separately published work icon Down the Dirt Roads Down the Dirt Roads : A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Land Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2016 10257702 2016 single work autobiography

'‘For me, being in a paddock means anything is possible . . .’

'Country girl and bestselling novelist Rachael Treasure had worked hard to build a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania’s rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage, Rachael lost her family farm and, in her words, lost her way in life.

'Discovering an all-new compass to live by, she took her two kids and her dogs and left the beaten path. Intensive farming, men on the land and women in the home – everywhere Rachael looked she saw ongoing harm to the soil and the foodchain. By going down the dirt roads and getting back to grassroots, she discovered another set of stories about country life in Australia, and a different way to live on the land. From her rebel granny to pioneering farmers and passionate animal handlers, Rachael became inspired by fresh ways to do things.

'Down the Dirt Roads starts as a heartfelt and moving insight into the life of a single mother displaced from her home, and becomes a groundbreaking and powerful book about healing, health and hope. Nourishing and sustaining, it presents a practical and positive vision of what life on our land could become.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Margaret Scott Prize
The Mysterious Handbag 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Deep South : Stories from Tasmania 2012; (p. 309-314)
2004 winner ABC Radio Regional Production Fund Short Story Project ABC Radio Short Story Competition
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