A typical shearing shed just like they used to be in the good old days! Today they’re all galvanised iron to make them last a lot longer but somehow the character has been lost. My memories take me back to when I was about five and my dad was working on the shearing sheds around Merriwa, he was a carpenter and general rouse-a-bout on a property out near Bow. We would travel out from Muswellbrook some weekends and us kids often played around the wool and grain sheds. Shearing time meant all hands on deck, us kids had to keep our distance then but we could still roam around the outside and watch in amazement as the working dogs jumped across the sheeps backs as they filed up the ramp to await their turn at the shearer’s hands … then watch in horror as the poor, skinny shorn sheep slid down the ramp with a puzzled and confused look of “what the hell happened then”.
Many years later my Mum worked as a cook in a pub in Newcastle and was always talking about how busy they were when the wool sales were in town.
It seemed strange that years later I was to meet and marry into a family of wool classers who had a sheep property at Kankool near Willow Tree NSW for many years. It seems Wool was to be a part of my life for many years.
This particular image is of the old Wool Shed at the Australiana Pioneer Village – how wonderful to think that a simple image could bring back so many memories … thank you.
Taken with the Nikon D700, Nikon 28-300 mm lens @ 45 mm, Aperture Priority F11, 1/25 sec, ISO 320, hand held. PP in Corel Paintshop Pro x 3.