• MY FIRST SHED

    Growing up in the north west suburbs of Brisbane, a life in the wool industry was never something that I considered. Like most young girls I fantasised about becoming a vet, zoo keeper or even just a pet owner. My compassion for my furred and feathered friends started at a young age, but the motivation for university never came to me. My career in animal care never even got a look in. Nothing really sparked my interest in the concrete jungle, after high school I bounced around jobs, usually only staying at them for a year. Customer service, hospitality, receptionist, aspiring real estate agent, I spent 7 years floating through…

  • MIA

    Meet Mia. Cute isn’t she? Don’t tell her that though. She’s a working girl, dedicating her life to penning up, guarding her ute and collecting bones. Starting her life in Hay, NSW, Mia moved in with her family in southern Qld when she was still soft and cuddly. Destined for a life in the woolsheds with her shearer dad and woolclasser mum, there’s hardly been a time in her 6 years that she hasn’t been around sheep. Starting in her shearing team at the bottom of the ranks, she was taken under the wing of the other team dogs and quickly learnt what this penning up gig is all about. She…

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    PATRICK O’BRIEN

    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…

  • PETER JOKICH

    A shearing contractor out of Northam, Western Australia, Peter’s a pretty straight shooting guy. When asked how he came about working in the wool industry his answer is simple, ‘My older brother was a shearer and I went to some sheds with him. I saw how easy he got it, so I thought I’d do it’. And that’s exactly what he did. 35 years on he is still running his shearing contracting business 10 months of the year and will take on a stand when one’s free. The only one in his family now left in the wool industry, he may well be the end of an era for the…

  • 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…

  • SCOTT JONES

    Scott Jones may well be the only one of his kind. He’s not only  a masterclasser but a biochemist.   You may be thinking how on earth could these two jobs work in together, well Scott reckons they intertwine perfectly. Working in the woolsheds since 17, Scott knew exactly what he wanted to be when he finished school – a woolclasser. So, that’s what he did. Travelling across states following his woolclassing work, Scott had found a life he loved. Then the wool market crashed. So, he did what he had to do – hung up his stencil and jumped into university life. His curious nature and thirst for knowledge…

  • 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…

  • Timothy Coffee

    Timothy Coffee

    Timothy Coffee has been dealt a few tough hands in his life. Once paving his way as a body builder, his dreams were all but shattered when his health took a turn for the worst. Physically restricted and unable to lift what he used to, Tim took on jobs that were kinder to his body. As a landscaper and later a bus driver, he always found himself wanting more. Something more physical. As the doors closed on his two former jobs – both were made redundant, he could easily have been forgiven for just throwing in the towel. Not Tim. His career path may have taken a knock but he…

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