The Sheep's Back Museum

History of Wool on the Limestone Coast

Author

Jamie Sincock

Pallants woolshed

A building that is, of itself, a museum object, that tells the story of a small landowner in this region.

The windmills

Underground water is the region’s lifeblood. The sight, and sound, of windmills was once a background to farming here.

Hynam Post Office

Another building which is itself a museum object. This tiny post office and house, served by the McLean family, was the nerve centre of the Hynam community for more than 100 years.

Redgum Country

The mighty redgums of this region were a pointer to the most productive land, and provided shelter to the Aboriginal owners, and buildings, fences, transport, firewood, to the European settlers.  

Horsepower

The economics of horses, and bullocks, in powering the farm operations and transporting people and produce. This continues in the ‘Open Shed’.

Agricultural awakening

This district was the forefront of pasture research for many years, largely through the nearby Kybybolite Research Centre, and an enterprising farming community. This story is told through the equipment they used.

Stock & Station Agent

From the start, Stock and Station Agents were a vital part of the process of running a property, large or small. While their primary purpose was to arrange for the buying and selling of stock and land, they often also… Continue Reading →

How does it work?

The Presser’s aim has always been to pack as much wool as possible into the space occupied by a bale, as space, rather than weight, is the limiting factor in transport. In the early days, the woolpack was hung in… Continue Reading →

Working the press

In the old box presses, cables were used to drag a heavy board, known as the ‘monkey’ down to compress the wool. The two boxes were filled with the same line of wool (fleeces with closely matching characteristics) then set… Continue Reading →

A living from the land

Farms provide almost all the food, and much of the fibre, for the world. Families who live from the land live close to the day-to-day changes in weather, the ebb and flow of the seasons, and threats and promises of… Continue Reading →

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