Story: Shearing

Australian shearers

Australian shearers

The first shearers in New Zealand came from Australia, where farming fine-wool Merinos had already been established. This 1864 engraving from the Illustrated Sydney News shows shearers using hand clippers, and a worker is pressing wool into bales using only his weight. Later, mechanical wool presses would have been used.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0169-1864-001

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How to cite this page:

Des Williams, 'Shearing - Early shearing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Des Williams, published 24 Nov 2008