Kōrero: Shearing

In the shearing shed

In the shearing shed

This engraving from The Illustrated New Zealand News of December 1883 shows that by this time large woolsheds were being built, so sheep could be shorn inside. About a dozen shearers are at work using blade shears, while ‘picker-ups’ (also known as ‘rouseabouts’ or ‘rousies’) sweep up the shorn wool. A tar-boy waits with brush in hand to smear tar over cuts to stop bleeding. The inset shows the ‘boss’, or ‘ringer’ – the fastest shearer in the gang.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0110-1883-002

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Des Williams, 'Shearing - Early shearing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/18234/in-the-shearing-shed (accessed 26 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Des Williams, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008