Story: Sport and the nation

Godfrey Bowen breaks the world shearing record, 1953

This short film shows Godfrey Bowen breaking the world record for a day's shearing.  He shore 456 ewes in nine hours at the Akers station, Ōpiki, near Palmerston North, on 6 January 1953. His achievement on that day made him an instant national celebrity and he became the chief shearing instructor for the Wool Board.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: New Zealand Mirror 15. National Film Unit, 1953

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Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - Strong men and women, 1945 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/41210/godfrey-bowen-breaks-the-world-shearing-record-1953 (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013