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Beyond the Bale : March 2017
‘B ellevue’ is into the fourth generation of ownership with Arthur’s son Ronald at present, and his son, Harrison, “waiting in the wings” to follow his father. Arthur’s mother was a school teacher whose knowledge of the French language probably gave rise to the property name being written with the French words for the “Beautiful View” that this ‘Bellevue’ farm has of the Jindalee Valley and the town of Cootamundra. Arthur’s great grandfather, Samuel Ward, came to the Cootamundra district in 1865 from Camden where he had a block on Macarthur’s Camden Estate and a butchery. He settled on the Wagga side of Cootamundra at the village of Frampton naming his property ‘Gilgal’. The family history goes back to the village of Edwinstowe in Nottinghamshire, England, and the church where legend has it Maid Marian married Robin Hood. A mausoleum in this church has all the names of those connected to Wards that emigrated to Australia in 1842. Great grandfather Samuel Ward had three sons; one was Arthur Nash Ward (Arthur’s grandfather) who had five sons all of whom set up farms in the district of Cootamundra. Arthur’s father, Frederick Wesley Ward, one of those five sons, married a Parramatta girl in 1925, who he met when she was teaching in Cootamundra in 1920. He built a new brick home (in which Arthur resides today) and began the ‘Bellevue’ story of this family. A classing report on Arthur Ward from 1945. Arthur’s first training as a wool classer began at Orange Technical College in 1943, whilst attending Wolaroi College in his final year at school, and his first year wool classing exam was done at Bathurst Technical College that year. Returning to ‘Bellevue’ in 1944, he completed two more years training at Cootamundra Tech under teachers Jack Croker and Bruce McCormack who arranged two weeks intensive training for the Cootamundra class at Goulburn Tech before going to Ultimo Tech in Sydney, for their Final exam. All wool classers were required to do their Final exam in Sydney in those days. Obtaining a pass, the letter shown in the photo below came in a small brown envelope with a tuppenny half penny red stamp (King George VI) addressed to Mr A. Ward Esq., and is the report on the job done by Arthur of the ‘Bellevue’ clip in 1945. ‘Bellevue’ wool was sold in those days through Country Producers Selling Co. Ltd., one of the wool brokers of that era. Asked about changes he has seen in the industry, Arthur said, “One of the most important was probably the ability to more accurately quantify the sale product in tests of core samples by the Australian Wool Testing Authority. This was set up and headed first by another Ward, namely David Ward, a cousin of mine, who grew up in the Jindalee Valley a few kilometres from ‘Bellevue’.” Arthur said the quality of new shearing sheds has made shed work more efficient. “Four years ago we purchased a new shed with raised boards, which helps the wool handlers clean up the belly wool, crutching and other non-fleece wool oddments on the boards before they even get to the table. We bought the shed from Eco Enterac in Tamworth; it arrived on a semi-trailer and was put up within a couple of weeks. “The new hydraulic wool presses, with built-in weighing scales, have also been a great device to take the strain out of shed work, especially as we’re not getting any younger and the manual wool presses were relatively slow and labour intensive. “It’s important to get enough and experienced wool handlers, as the shearers can shear so quickly nowadays that it doesn’t give the wool handler and classer much time between sheep.” Procedures and regulations have changed over the years too. “For instance, in the 1960s, micron measurements came in – it was a different language to what we were used to. Previously fibre fineness was measured by the number of hanks that could be spun from a pound of clean scoured wool.” And even after more than 70 years, there are still new experiences for Arthur. “This year, because of how the availability of shearers landed, we had to work on Australia Day – that was a first for me!” WOOL CLASSING THROUGH THE YEARS 90-year-old Arthur Ward is now in his 72nd year of wool classing for the ‘Bellevue’ property at Cootamundra. Is this a record?! Three generations of the Ward family of ‘Bellevue’ at Cootamundra in the South West Slopes region of NSW: 90-year-old Arthur Ward with his son Ron and grandson Harry. Arthur is now in his 72nd year of wool classing. ON FARM 33
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