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Beyond the Bale : September 2010
14 WOOL PRODUCTION september 2010 BEYonD tHE BalE the classic Australian painting shearing 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 mark baldwin said. “W hile 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 helped to educate 2000 schoolchildren about Australian history and the natural and renewable benefits of wool. students were among the 18,000 visitors to the historical shed. the proceeds of the North tuppal re-enactment helped 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 took 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 117 shearers including 78 blade shearers and 90 wool staff, together with 75 management and support personnel. AWI CeO stuart mcCullough thanked the station principal bruce Atkinson for the use of the shed and said the enormous interest in the event shows how much passion and vibrancy there is in the wool industry. More information: www.shearingoftherams.com Wool celebrated at 72 clicks FAST FACTS l A live re-creation of the classic Australian painting Shearing The Rams by Tom Roberts took place in June at North Tuppal Station. l The event included a demonstration of 78 blade shearers using the shearing skills and equipment of the past. The classic Australian painting Shearing the Rams (above) was re-created at the iconic shearing shed at North Tuppal Station in June (top) – left to right: Chips Boucher, Peter haley, Peter Artridge (shearing), Kacee Artridge, Bruce Atkinson (owner), Dave McCullough, Deidre Garner, John Tainsh, Garry Griffin (shearing), Billy Garner (hidden shearer), Allan Thomas, Anthony Ryan (drinking), Leo Kelleher, Mark Baldwin (boss). tom roberts (born Great Britain 1856, arrived in Australia 1869, died 1931) Shearing the Rams, 1888-90 , oil on canvas on composition board, 122 .4 x 183.3 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbou rn e, Felto n Bequ est, 1932 2010rE-EnaCtmEntof1888 The 110-year-old shearing shed will be open to the public (gold coin entry) for a photographic and video exhibition of the June re-enactment at North Tuppal shearing shed. North Tuppal is located 30km west of Tocumwal on Savages Road. Come and see how 380 volunteers celebrated the history of this iconic industry. Demonstrations of blade and machine shearing will be conducted at intervals throughout the day. Art works, a commemorative book and wool items will be on sale or available to order. The event is conducted by Sports Shear Australia Association (SSAA) and hosted by the Atkinson family. for more information contact SSaa Secretary: D Garner 02 6993 3010 (aH) the north tuppal woolshed Photographic & art Exhibition – 2-3 october 2010