Story: Shearing

Blade shearing

Blade shearing

These two blade shearers are at work at Karahea, near the mouth of the Waikato River, in 1955. The shearer on the right is holding the sheep upright between his knees – the style that made colonial shearers considerably faster than those in England.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AANR 6329 66 K8,997

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Des Williams, 'Shearing - From blades to shearing machines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Des Williams, published 24 Nov 2008