On the edge of the Nullarbor- Madura Station (Plains).

‘A hideous anomaly, a blot on the face of nature, the sort of place one gets into in bad dreams’. This is the description of the plains by English explorer Edward John Eyre, a man who was a definite authority on the Nullarbor after his successful crossing in 1841. This area is desolate, a vast [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

A Scottish massacre

A Scottish massacre and a shearing shed in South Australia. How history weaves itself around the world. A 30-minute drive west of Mount Gambier in South Australia is the small rural town of Glencoe. A community that was built up from a sheep station, the town and the property were named after the rugged highland [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, MOTHER NATURE|0 Comments

High country in the Victorian Alps

High Country in the Victorian Alps. Home to the legendary cattlemen immortalised by poet AB 'Banjo' Paterson in 'The Man from Snowy River'. You can still find their historic huts built by the cattlemen for shelter when driving their cattle up to the plains in summer. These age-old buildings have provided protection from the weather [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

Waltzing Matilda & the Great Shearers strike of the 1890s

Wool was one of Australia's largest industries by the 1890s. But as the wool industry grew, so did the number and influence of shearers. By 1890, the Australian Shearers’ Union boasted tens of thousands of members, and at their annual conference in Bourke in 1890, the Union laid down a new rule, which prohibited members from working with [...]

By | September 5th, 2017|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

Pirates on the Darling – Tolarno Station

From the 1870s fleets of paddle steamers laden with bales of wool began to wind their way down the famous Darling River.  Wool transportation was at the core of river trade at this time, a sign of the flourishing wool industry in Australia and a good example of the large quantities of wool being exported [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

A monument to ingenuity. The Southern Cross Windmill

Windmills, they are so much a part of our rural landscape. A vital source of power for pumping water they are also a monument to our pastoral development, to the tenacity of our pioneers and to the establishment of the iconic Southern Cross Windmill brand. In 1876 Griffiths Bros & Co of Toowoomba manufactured four [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

Washing sheep was a great enterprise at Windy Station.

The landscape is dominated by the presence of the rustic Windy Station Woolshed near Quirindi, a small town on the North West Slopes region of New South Wales. Said to resemble the Finger Wharves of Sydney that were built around the same time, with its federation carpenter style construction and rich history it is one of the [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

The 1920s modern woman

Women were granted the right to vote in Australia in 1902 - we were far more forward thinking than some of our Northern hemisphere contemporaries, and the wave of feminism that followed continued through the first and second world war and onwards. The Great War increased independence for some, with women taking on the roles [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|0 Comments

The wild horses of Australia

The history of horses in Australia could fill volumes. From our first settlers, to the mounts of the Light Horse to Phar Lap, we are a culture that loves our nags, even if it just means having a flutter once a year on the Melbourne Cup. But that love affair that grew out of basic [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|Australian pastoral history|0 Comments

Camels, copper, sheep and Afghans.

The original Ghan railway, camels, copper, Afghans, sheep and a starting point for major expeditions. Every year thousands of tourists flock to the iconic Flinders Ranges in South Australia attracted to the rugged mountains and dramatic landscape. But beyond the ranges, rests one of Australia’s most notable rural stations, a historic property that occupies a [...]

By | August 6th, 2017|Australian pastoral history|2 Comments
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