Meet My Therapist

If you were to look through my image archives, you would be able to pinpoint the hardest time of my…
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The War on Wild Dogs

  There is a war raging in outback Qld. Everyday the battle is being fought, not by soldiers, but by everyday…
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Martin Moses

Marty Moses in the woolshed during crutching For Martin Moses, there was no family succession into the sheep and wool…
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Oxton Park

Strong family values have always stood strong to them. While past generations play an integral part in their story, the…
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Hey there!

I’m Chantel McAlister – masterclasser, photographer, wool advocate and mum.

In a nutshell, I am a former city girl who fell in love with a shearer and the Australian wool industry in my early twenties. I have continued my love affair and obsession with both that shearer of mine and wool for the last 12 years. I call both of them, home.

The last decade working in the woolsheds as a woolhandler and masterclasser has allowed me to have an in-depth look at the wool industry and how wool is grown and harvested. I have unearthed a culture, a proud heritage and exciting future that I never saw, just looking in from the outside during my city days.

Sheep are no longer just clones to me. Every woolgrower has their own story. Every shearing team is full of different characters. Wool brokers, buyers, exporters, garment makers and fibre enthusiasts are all part of the wool pipeline. We are all in this together with the same love for wool and respect for the sheep producing it.

Outside of my woolclassing hours, over the last 6 years I have also established myself as a professional photographer. My happy snaps of my daily life in the woolsheds have evolved to storytelling of all the on-farm wool practices and putting a real face to those growing and harvesting it.

I am now a trusted source for wool info and known within the industry as ‘that girl who photographs sheep’.

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