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Blade shearing demos​

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Showcasing the traditional process of shearing through to garment production. Starting at 10am near the Cavendish CFA shed, on the hour – until around 4pm.

Sheep shearing is probably the most iconic activity in rural Australia.

At the start of the wool industry in the early 19th century, sheep were shorn with blade shears, similar to garden clippers. The first authenticated daily tally (amount of sheep shorn in a single day) was 30 sheep by Tome Merely in 1835. By 1892, Jack Howe managed a tally of 321 sheep at Alice Downs in Queensland. In the intervening period, however, the rise of the wool industry meant that new inventions and processes were introduced to make shearing more time and cost efficient. Patents for shearing machines started to be granted from the 1860s and in 1882, a shearer called Jack Gray became the first man to completely shear a sheep using mechanical shears. (NSW STATE LIBRARY)


April 13
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


CFA Shed
Cavendish, Victoria 3314 Australia + Google Map