Acacia Downs Woolshed & Central West QLD

Central West Queensland is a vast area. Bordered by the Northern Territory and South Australia to the west the region covers about 400,000 square kilometres but is sparsely populated. Towns such as Longreach, Winton, Birdsville, Blackall, Barcaldine, Boulia and Muttaburra help to tether this strong agricultural district, dogged by drought over the centuries. Partly criss-crossed [...]

Quail’s Saddlery – a Cooma institution.

For more than eighty years Quail’s saddlery business made, supplied and repaired harnesses, saddles and all manner of leather goods in the Cooma region. What makes this business so fascinating is that it endured through the advent of the motorcar, aeroplane, trains, buses, two world wars and a depression, finally closing in 1972. The longevity [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|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

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|1 Comment

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

A South Australian gem – Bungaree Station

I love it when I come upon properties that are still in the hands of their original owners, stations that have been passed down from one generation to the next, kept alive and preserved so they can continue to share their captivating tales of dedication, love and toil. Bungaree Station in South Australia is one [...]

Writing our pastoral history – Soldier Settlers and the opening up of the bush

Our first agricultural college was established in 1883 at Roseworthy in South Australia. Gradually, other farm schools sprung up across the country, with women admitted to some during World War I to develop farming skills while the men were away at war. However not everyone received the training required when it came to learning how to [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Australian pastoral history, COUNTRY LIFE|1 Comment

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 [...]

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