Story: Rural clothing

Shearers in black singlets

Shearers in black singlets

Shearers wearing black woollen singlets sharpen the blades of their hand shears on a grindstone, at Grasmere Station near Cass in Canterbury in 1944. Woollen singlets allowed shearers to keep warm while moving their arms freely.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000882; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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Bronwyn Labrum, 'Rural clothing - Black singlets and bush shirts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2024)

Story by Bronwyn Labrum, published 24 Nov 2008