Extraordinary times in a shearer's life
I remember watching the razor-sharp blades slide the wool off onto the bullock hides. Dad and Hughle guided the blades along, turning the sheep around with practised skill to remove the fleece In one go. The smell of a freshly shorn fleece, the feel of its oily softness and the sight of Its creamy white length topped with a thin dark outer layer of dust and dirtat that age I had no Idea how Important wool would be throughout my life.
Hugh Tindall is an ordinary man who has lived through extraordinary
times in outback Queensland.
From a poor man's selection on the
Diamantina in 1928 to owning six large stations with his family, from
shearing his first 100 sheep a day at the age of sixteen to organising
sheds in the long-running 1956 shearers' strike, Hugh's story is
part of a turbulent time in the outback, the history of which he
is passionate about.
Told in his own voice, it is an honest account
of life in isolated western and central Queensland, where the
tough survived or died.
Hugh's narrative is a nuanced reflection of his position as a
grazier's son who worked alongside shearers, and an affectionate
recollection of a time when Australian wealth still rode on
the sheep's back.