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Celebration of shearing

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Jun '10
The classic Australian painting “Shearing of the rams” by Tom Roberts has been re-created in a unique celebration of shearing in Australia.

Thousands flocked to the iconic shearing shed at North Tuppal Station in the Riverina of New South Wales to hear the clicking of 72 blade shearers at work in rare demonstration of the skill of the past.

“We are celebrating history by reliving it,” event co-organiser Peter Artridge said.

“While the distinctive clicking of blade shears may not be heard in woolsheds much anymore, the characters depicted in the famous painting can still be found in woolsheds across the country,” he added.

Modern day shearers and shedhands have helped to educate 2000 schoolchildren about Australian history and the natural and renewable benefits of wool. Students were amongst the 10,000 visitors to the historical shed.

The proceeds of the North Tuppal re-enactment will help to fund the Australian shearing team at the Shearing World Championships in Wales. Now in its 125th year, competition shearing has been an essential part of the shearing and shedhand industry.

It has taken over 10,000 man hours from over 400 volunteers to refurbish the shed, complete with its 88-metre long board, where over 6000 sheep were shorn across the two days.

Volunteers behind the event included 68 machine shearers, 78 blade shearers and 107 wool staff, together with 80 management and support personnel.

Event co-organiser Mark Baldwin thanked the station principal Bruce Atkinson for the use of the shed and said Sports Shear Australia looked forward to an ongoing relationship with the shed.

Australian Wool Innovation Limited


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