Well known local wool professional, David Young, will be working as a rouseabout in a re enactment of the Tom Roberts painting “Shearing of the Rams” in the Riverina.
The re-enactment will be presented by Sports Shear Australia Association this Friday and Saturday June 5 and 6 at historic Tuppal Station (known today as North Tuppal).
David Young has spent many years in countless shearing sheds throughout the North West and was selected to participate in the vent from a long list of nominations. Tuppal boasts a 72 stand shearing shed that will be staffed by over 300 volunteers to shear over five thousand sheep in two days. Tuppal Station has not had all the 72 stands operational since 1910.
There will be 58 modern machine shearers undressing the majority of the animals, however once a day the machines will be silenced to allow 72 traditional blade shearers to demonstrate the grass roots method of shearing. Friday will be open to dignitaries and school children while the Saturday will be open to the public.
Demonstrations of the shearing practise and insight into the wool industry will be offered on both occasions.
Former shearer, Senator John Williams will also be loading up the handpiece to take part in the event on Friday.