• GWENDOLYN ADAMS

           ‘Leighlands’ at Evandale TAS is something out of a travel brochure. While sitting at Gwendolyn Adams kitchen table chatting over a cup of tea and anzac bikkie, we looked out over her rolling hillsides at her merinos grazing and soaking up the warm sun. Hay was scattered across the hilltops. It was easy to see why Gwendolyn has made this beautiful slice of Tasmania her home. It was the mid 1900’s and Gwendolyn was living the life expected of a female of her time – marrying young and working in an office. Her life was turned upside down at 30 years of old, when she was called back home…

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    JESS PARKER

    Jess Parker, 20 has just started her wool industry career and she plans on staying. While working at her local pub in August 2015, a woolhander walked in and offered her a job with NK Shearing, Benalla VIC. There was not much hesitation from Jess and she threw herself right in the thick of it. She already had a little bit of woolhandling experience from her highschool days – taking a day off here and there to lend a hand in the sheds. She now works full time and is one of her teams most valued woolhandlers. Her sights are set on becoming a woolclasser and she is already well…

  • ASHLEY BEST

      The barefoot rousy. Watching this little pocket rocket glide around the woolshed with ease is like watching choreography. She makes it look easy, but it has taken years of practice. Five to be precise. When Ash is in the shed it’s hard to keep up with what her next move is. Broom in hand and constantly moving, her board work is impeccable. Every part of her is working, right down to her toes, seriously. While many woolhandlers are taught to sort and pick up wool with their hands and broom, this New Zealand trained little gun doesn’t just stop there. Her feet and toes streamline her board work even…

  • BEN & ESTHER CREEK

        It’s a love thing out at ‘Tintara’, Boyup Brook and you can just feel it when you are there. Walking around Tintara there’s a real homey feel to it. Friendly working dogs, sheep who come running when they sight you, cows mooing in the distance. And Ben and Esther Creek in total marital bliss. Esther has one of those kind faces and a compassionate heart to match. Not from a family farming background, Esther has had to learn all of the many, many ropes of running a farm over the years. Her love for the land and even deeper love for her animals has seen her blossom in…

  • RACHEAL BOYCE

    Racheal Boyce has a tenacious work ethic and drive to provide for her family. So much so that this  has seen her waters break while woolhandling. Not once, but twice. Fast forward six weeks after giving birth and Racheal is back running up and down the board. This passionate woolhandler has the shearing industry in her blood. The daughter of a shearer and sister of a woolclasser, she’s been following in her family’s footsteps since she was sixteen years old. Now, 29 and a mother, she is still in the sheds and throwing herself into her woolshed career. It’s a balancing act for Racheal, but over the last ten years…

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    Naomi McLennan

    Watching Naomi walking around her Terip Terip property, ‘Arrabri’ with her three dogs, Audrey, Kenny and Paddy, you can almost hear the land under her feet talking to her. She has a spiritual connection with the land, like they were meant to be. It’s the land she has known her whole life and the land that she has made a life from. Her parents, Bruce and Denise live just around the corner at Taradale. They too are running their own farm and still work closely with Naomi on a daily basis. While the general rule is, never work with friends or family, Naomi and her folks are a refreshing exception…

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