With less than a month until we become first time parents, we’ve gone and moved houses. In our true style though, there’s a little bit of a twist to it. We are officially travelling gypsies. Faced with the dilemma of where to live, there was months of frustrated conversations trying to find the best way to keep our growing family together. While I have kicked my woolclassing and any big photography commitments to the curb for the time being while I grow the finishing touches on our son and prepare to disappear into the land of newborn and exhaustion, Jas is still slogging away in the sheds, handpiece in…

  • Patrick O'Brien 2


    Patrick, 23 wants to be a shearer, plain and simple. But, he knows that you can’t just start at the top so he’s working his way up there. In September 2016 he started working for N K Shearing out of Benalla, Victoria as a woolhandler and knew straight away that this wasn’t the life for him. He had his sights set on something bigger, more personally challenging. He knew after a week and a half that he was going to be a shearer. Putting in his time as a rousy and presser, Patrick enrolled himself in a shearing school in March 2017 to gain more experience and get those basic…

  • Nathan Van Elk


         The Van Elk boys are walking in their dad’s footsteps and determined to carry on the family’s name in the wool industry. (Pictured: Nathan Van Elk) Nathan and Aaron have grown up in the woolsheds with their shearing contracting parents, Karen and Nick Van Elk. Based in the small rural Victorian town of Benalla, these boys have inherited their parents tenacious work ethic. (Pictured L to R : Aaron, Nick & Nathan Van Elk) Aaron, like most shearers started his career as a woolhandler. Moving on quickly, he graduated from a shearing school and onto full time shearing in June 2016. Since then he’s been chasing numbers and (when I…

  • Bolinda Vale Stencils


    The majestic woolshed at Bolinda Vale, Clarkefield Vic. Running 48 stands in its glory days, today is still in operation. 102,000 sheep were once shorn here in 12 months and a railway built to mainly just cart the wool and livestock produced by this property. It was a huge operation and created many jobs in the industry (the shearers quarters housed 100 workers). Bolinda Vale is a direct link to not only our industry’s but Australia’s past. If only these walls could talk.  

  • Steve Kennedy Shearing

    Steve Kennedy

    Originally from Melbourne, shearer Steve Kennedy has settled in for the quiet life just 300km away in the small country Victorian town of Dunkeld. From where he started to where he has ended, Steve has lived the life of a shearer – a little less ordinary. Steve sort of fell into the shearing industry after bunking with a couple of shearers while visiting WA. Their lifestyle and stories had him captivated and soon started him on his lifelong path as a shearer. After a couple of moves, Steve and his family found themselves far from the bush and living a suburban Brisbane life in Ferny Hills.  With his background in…

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