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Adelong Live Museum | Golden Fleece – The Adelong Shearers


Sheep arrived in the Adelong district with the first squatters in 1837, a time when blade shearers were king. Machinery was introduced in the late 1880s and with gold petering out in the early 1900s, Adelong became known as a town of shearing teams. Wally Perkins said, “If you shook a briar bush around Adelong a shearer would fall out.”
This exhibition not only tells the stories of the shearers, but also the shearing contractors, cooks, roustabouts, wool classers and wool pressers. Adelong shearing teams travelled throughout the Riverina, including Hay, Temora and Wantabadgery. They also worked at Cooma in the Snowy Mountains.
Curated by Margaret Bentley, and installed by the volunteer committee of Adelong Alive Museum, this in-house exhibition tells the stories of the shearers and the shearing industry in the Adelong district. With objects from the museum collection and on loan from the Adelong community and text panels designed by Angela Pearce Graphic Design, this is a must-see exhibition.
Golden Fleece – The Adelong Shearers highlights the rural history of Adelong and district and demonstrates the commitment and skill levels of the Adelong Alive Museum volunteers.
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