After the wool was shorn and pressed into bales, it was loaded onto wagons for a journey which would take it half way round the world to the London wool sales.

Most of the South East wool was first shipped to Britain through the Victorian port of Portland. By the 1860s Portland had been replaced by the South East ports of Robe, Port MacDonnell, and Kingston. However after the extension of the colony’s rail network into the South East in the 1880s, much of the woolclip was shipped out through Port Adelaide.