I have always wanted to come here. I don’t know why. I just did. Very moving stories of our farming past and those who tried to conquer the interior with knowledge and without, all the way from settlement to the WW2 soldier settlement stories.
I didn’t know that my uncle was a shearer, he did swear at the sheep and sometimes they got him back.
I drew this thinking of him, here you Uncle D. His Jackie Howe, there were tributes to him along the Matilda highway including where he lived at one point. The statue was in he hall of fame near the cafe and toilets so every time I went that way I drew him. I added colour rather than the brass version.
It was back breaking work
I have learnt a lot, from the early droving days to the shearer a strikes and the formation of the Labour Party under the tree of knowledge
There was also a droving show by Lachy Cossar which highlighted many of the droving skills and he sang whilst sitting on one of his horses too.