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Beyond the Bale : December 2014
ON FARM 53 It threatened to become more of an obsession than a project but after three years and 25,000 kilometres of local travel, Tracey Kruger has created a unique book, ‘Shearing in Victoria’s Western District’. While woolsheds have been photographed many times before, Tracey has diligently captured the action and emotion associated with shearing in no less than 160 woolsheds across western Victoria. Alongside the full colour images are the stories of the people and properties, documenting the present and the past with the empathy and understanding only a local could provide. “People kept pointing me to sheds that I should photograph; big and small, brand new and very old and my natural curiosity kept me going. I had to draw a line somewhere and so 160 it is. I’m not sure that the marriage would have lasted too many more,” she laughs. A shearer’s daughter, Tracey runs a mixed farming operation with husband Peter near Penshurst where Merino sheep and cereal crops are run. There are a number of large iconic western Victorian properties included in the book as well as soldier settlement woolsheds and tiny one stand sheds. Tracey wanted a real representation of the everyday work within a great Australian industry and this is what she has achieved. The book is available for $60 (postage included) from Tracey’s website www.shearinginvictoriaswesterndistrict.com or by phone on 0427 735 208. A 2015 calendar is also available. Have you got any interesting photos that you’d like to share with other readers of Beyond the Bale? We are always keen to see and hear what people working with Australian wool are up to. If you want to share any photos with us, please email the image and a brief description to the editor of Beyond the Bale Richard Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photos could portray any feature, be it humourous or poignant, informative or provoking, gritty or beautiful. Here are a few photos that we have recently received from readers. BUSY DAY AT GREEN HILLS This is the lively view from the wool table at ‘Green Hills’ in Minhamite, Victoria, run by Sarah and Chris Hines. Pictured is wool classer Simone Mugavin skirting the fleece. This photo was sent in by Tracey Kruger of ‘Lightwood’ near Penshurst, Victoria, whose new book is ‘Shearing in Victoria’s Western District’ - see right. ON THE HORIZON Dianne Duffy from near Pekina, near Orroroo in South Australia’s Mid- North, sent in this photo of her sheep at dusk on a hill near her farm. PHOTOS! READERS’ THREE YEARS, 160 SHEDS, ONE BOOK GUARDING THE DAY’S HARVEST Sonja Marchant of ‘Zoar Farm’ at Karoonda in the middle of the Murray Mallee region of South Australia sent in this photo of her kelpie, Tess. She is having a quiet moment reflecting on her busy day and guarding the wool bales after shearing. Front cover of Tracey Kruger’s 224-page ‘Shearing in Victoria’s Western District’. WIN!!! If you submit a photo that gets published in Reader's Photos, you’ll receive a copy of Tracey Kruger’s ‘Shearing in Victoria’s Western District’ book.