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Catholic Women's League seeks inspiration from outback mother

Self-described "wife, mother and cattlewoman" Terry Underwood is the keynote speaker at this week's National Conference of the Catholic Women's League Australia in Sydney.

Ms Underwood is an award-winning photographer who has published a best-selling autobiography titled In the Middle of Nowhere. She lives with her husband John and four children in isolation at Riveren Station in the Northern Territory, 600 km from the nearest town.

She speaks about her relationship with God - her "supreme boss" - and her beloved Outback.

"For me this way of life is a vocation", she says. "I have learned to understand and respect this fragile land. If we look after the land, it will look after us."

In her autobiography she tells the true account of her life when, as a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital Sydney, she met a patient John, a young stockman from the Northern Territory, later to become her husband.

She will share her story tomorrow with over 400 members of the Catholic Women's League from around Australia and the Pacific. The Conference begins with Mass at 10:00 am in St Mary's Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop George Pell.

Commission for Australian Catholic Women Executive Officer Therese Vassaroti will deliver a presentation on the work of the Commmission. Other speakers include Julie Greig, who is well known for her work with women's non-government organisations.

Catholic Women's League Australia

Terry Underwood
Catholic Women's League Australia Inc.

12 Aug 2003