A stone woolshed standing the test of time

Standing the test of time, Gorrin Woolshed is located about 20km south-south-east of Ararat, a Victorian town with an economy dominated by the wool and beef industries. The area is steeped in history, enriched with stories from its gold mining past and its flourishing pastoral land. Land that now sustains a number of well-known wineries. [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who’s big in agriculture in Australia & where’d they get the $ to buy?

The big three in agriculture have had an impressive year. Mining and property is clearly where the money is when it comes to investing those spare shingles and diversifying into beef. The big story of the year on the purchasing front was of course, the doyenne of mining, Gina Rinehart, who, thanks to a solid [...]

Halfway between Birdsville and Innamincka: Cordillo Downs Woolshed

If the stone walls of the Cordillo Downs Woolshed could talk… Throughout the years the station has witnessed many significant events; Shearers chalked up an impressive 85,000 sheep shearing record, it was once regarded as the largest shearing shed in the world, was overrun with rats and in 1952, was even the location of an [...]

On the squatters run – Challicum Woolshed

At a time when the Australian wool export industry was firing on all cylinders, many of our colonial ancestors drifted across country Victoria in search of fertile pastoral land to run their sheep. Squatters and pastoralists were cashing in on the flourishing wool business, exporting their product to England, and becoming very wealthy along the [...]

The Boer War. ‘Even if I wished to surrender, and I don’t, I am commanding Australians…’

In August 1900 during the Boer War in South Africa, Colonel Charles Hore commander at the Elands River Post received a request from Boer(Dutch-Afrikaner) general Jacobs Koos de la Rey to surrender. His reply: “Even if I wished to surrender, and I don’t, I am commanding Australians who would cut my throat if I accepted [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Opinion, Patriotism|0 Comments

Sunrise. Sunset: The bush almanac

Sunrise and sunset. These are my favourite times of the day, when the sun is near the horizon straddling the rim of the earth, as it either embarks on bringing us a new day or dwindles towards nightfall. The best photos are taken at this time when sunlight travels through a greater depth of atmosphere, [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

St John’s First Aid: 900 years on the crusaders are still helping the sick and those in distress

When you live remotely providing first aid at an accident is not a matter of if you might be called upon, but rather when. Recently the Bourke Walgett School of Distance Education P&C Association raised funds to hold a free St John’s Ambulance NSW First Aid course for parents, teachers, supervisors, governesses and other community members [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|COUNTRY LIFE, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Is this agriculture’s golden time?

Is this the golden era for Australian agriculture? That depends on where your business is located, what you produce and taking a short-term view, how well your commodities withstood this summer’s hot temperatures. Of course farming is a long-term game with history pointing to more downward fluctuations than up. However there are standout periods. Some [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, Industry Info|0 Comments

One of a kind: Isis Downs woolshed

Deep within the grazing country of Central Queensland sits the heritage listed Isis Downs Woolshed. It’s located 20km east of the small township of Isisford, bordered by the Barcoo river, a system that flows towards the expansive Lake Eyre in central Australia. The waterway forms a natural dividing line between the outback and the remoter [...]

By | March 9th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|4 Comments

‘Herd for Hope’: Driving cattle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sometimes fabulous ideas get stymied. And so it seems that the ‘Herd for Hope’ fundraiser that was set to see a herd of cattle being driven across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge has hit a major roadblock of the bureaucracy kind. With the event planned to raise much needed recognition for organ donation and set [...]

By | March 6th, 2017|COUNTRY LIFE, Inspiration, Rural Affairs|2 Comments
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