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Shearing Shed
Namadgi NP, ACT


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Image #00081


This one of the only two remaining buildings from the old Orroral Valley property. The detail in the gate is such that you can see the years of grease from the sheep. I've written a poem about this shearing shed and the lives of the people who used this one and others like it.

Shear No More

There's an old Aussie shearing shed, rippling iron, and wire gate

walls of rough hewn timber, and fencing wire, number eight

full of life and standing tall? no, that was yesterday

no children swinging from its gate, just rhomboid, old, and grey.


No clicking of the shears, no chattering of combs

just the whistling of the wind, dry kero tins, and bones

gone the blood, gone the sweat, and gone are all the tears

they're all gone forever, and have been for thirty years.


The stands are now all empty, their pull cords hanging still

'cept for the occasional movement, caused by wind from a glassless sill

the doors are all agape, the sorting table bare

shutes all boarded up, so tourists can't fall down there.


Deserted are the yards, no wethers, ewes or rams

no 'git 'round beyind' to an old Border Collie named Sam

still I guess the 'roos are grateful, their safety now assured

but they must have bad memories, for they cannot be lured.


The shearers' quarters are being restored, historical society no doubt

new timber here, new iron there, new mortar, inside and out

a chimney marks the kitchen, just imprints in the ground

no bawdy jokes, no sweaty cooks, just 'roo poo all around.


The homestead now stands vacant, no warm fire or cool beer

I wonder of their fate, those people who lived here

were they driven from this place by tempest, flood or fire

or did they just grow weary, move into town, retire.


Yes they're all gone now, the tar boy, the shearer, the boss

and city folk who visit, prob'ly think, 'no loss'

but it's shearing sheds like this, and a thousand others alike

it's the people who once lived here, their industry, their life

that made this country what it is, made it prosperous and free

made it the land that we all love, a home for you and me.


Rob Gray

Camera::Tachihara 5x4 field camera
Lens::90mm f5.6 Schnieder Super Angulon
Focal length::90mm
Exposure::30sec
Aperture::f16
Image size::5819 x 7405 pixels (44Mpx)

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