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The Dunlop Station shearing shed on the banks of the Darling River is world famous in the wool industry.
It was here that the first full scale mechanical shearing of sheep in the world took place in 1888. The introduction of mechanical shearing lead to a shearers strike. That in turn lead eventually to the formation of the Australian Labor party, one of Australia's 2 main political parties.
The main photo shows part of row the most recent shearing stands. There were 45 stands. It was belt driven (one belt is still hanging there) and steam powered. See the WS for the lost looking steam engine. Those holes in the wall are where sheep were pushed back down and outside after being shorn. Notice how uneven the floor is.
There are also some earlier stands and in the other WS you can see an old insect encrusted mechanism.
This old shearing shed is a great one to wander around and explore.
The shearing shed was last used in 1993 but the current owner hopes to reopen part of it.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4254 W: 102 N: 11979] (49653)
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