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DISCOVER HISTORY IN ACTION AT THE BLACKALL WOOLSCOUR,
THE LAST REMAINING STEAM OPERATED WOOL WASHING PLANT IN AUSTRALIA

STORIES FROM BLACKALL

"His big hand could grasp the animal in a way that has never been excelled, and his shears, propelled with a mighty wrist, made no mistakes" On October 10, 1892 in Pre-Federation Australia that was on the cusp of an Industrial Revolution, John Robert ‘Jackie’ Howe sheared 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes, using only blade shears at Alice Downs near Blackall, a record that still stands today. So how physically challenging is it to shear sheep? An article published in the Sunday Mail back in 2000 looked at a study conducted by the National Occupational Health [...]

If you have already visited the Blackall Historical Woolscour before, chances are you've got to have a yarn with one of our Tour Guides Bob Wilson, better known around the ridges as 'Willow' - he is just as much a resident here at the Scour as 'Fluffy Nuts' the goat.... Willow is your salt-of-the-earth bush bloke, a man of many talents, artist, leather craftsman, not to mention a wealth of good old fashioned local and industry knowledge. Another hidden talent is Willow can paint a detailed bush landscape on a Cigarette Paper. The skill came about in his ringer [...]