On Maggies Farm : Maggie MacKellar
Screening Monday, October 14 at 8pm on ABC1
Introduced by ABC Tasmania newsreader Peter Gee
Monday’s Australian Story updates one of the programme’s popular episodes.
Three years ago Maggie MacKellar, daughter of a former Federal Cabinet Minister, was living on the family farm near Orange trying to reassemble the pieces of her life after traumatic loss.
A writer and Sydney Uni academic, Ms MacKellar was left widowed and pregnant in harrowing circumstances.
She seemed resolved to raise her daughter and son alone and on her own terms in the country.
The original airing of her story in February 2011 drew a big response.
Among the emails was a message from a stranger – a divorced 49 year old sheep farmer in Tasmania.
They struck up an email correspondence and talked on the phone.
‘Having lived with farmers I was prepared for how he sounded on the phone, “ she said.
A few weeks later she agreed to meet him at Sydney airport and says she immediately felt a ‘connection’.
I thought “I’m in serious trouble here” she says because she knew that he was ‘never going to leave his farm’..
In January last year, she moved into Jim’s 200 year old stone cottage set on a 3000 acre farm and now writes full time.
She says they are ‘incredibly different people, but he’s a lovely bloke”