Story: Shearing

Shearing machine

Shearing machines were first used in the 1880s, and by 1910 advertisements such as this were common in newspapers and magazines aimed at farmers. Lister was a popular brand. Click the icon to view a close-up of the Lister shearing handpiece.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-B-SHEARING-1910-01-04

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How to cite this page:

Des Williams, 'Shearing - From blades to shearing machines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Des Williams, published 24 Nov 2008