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Washing, sorting and baling wool

This is a collection of resources about work in and around the woolshed, focusing on work other than shearing. In some views the collection is presented in five categories - washing wool; sorting, rolling and classing wool; baling wool; counting out sheep; and the woolshed in full operation. It contains historical photographs; ...

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Wool sorting at Gilgandra, 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph, measuring 21.3 cm x 16.2 cm, of four men skirting fleeces and classing wool at Berida Station near Gilgandra in New South Wales. They are using two long tables in a large shearing shed. The station manager's daughter, a shearing contractor and two shed hands are looking on. In the background ...

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Shearing shed, c1880s

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative, titled 'A shearing shed', produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney. It shows the interior of a large shearing shed with about 20 workers. A dozen or so shearers can be seen at work shearing sheep on the boards. In the centre ...

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Fleece on a skirting table

This is a colour photograph showing a fleece on the skirting, or classing, table in a shearing shed about to be trimmed, examined for burrs, rolled up or evaluated for quality.

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A Nation is Built, 1938: The wool industry

This black-and-white clip shows aspects of the New South Wales wool industry, including a shearer using hand clippers to shear a merino stud sheep. Some of sheep are then herded from a holding pen into a large woolshed where shearers use mechanical shears to remove their fleece. The footage includes men sorting and grading ...