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Fun for all the Family

Click Go the Shears

Don't let those Scarecrows in Deepwater pull the Wool over your eyes!!!

Ollie's Island Australia explores Australian Farming - Click on image above for a copy of the eBook Ollie's Island - it contains images & photos and information on various farming topics including wool/sheep. Go to fibres - animal fibres tab for wool info.


What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?


A woolly jumper!

There's lots of Woolly Jumpers in Australia

Off To The Shearing

The shearing time has come again, the men on bike horse

Are trekking over hill & plain and down the watercourse

They swarm from city town & bush, like bees they settle down

While I myself must make a push, for life is dull in town


So off to the shearing I'll go I'll go

So off to the shearing I'll go

There's money in wool, of town life I'm full

So off to the shearing I'll go

A shearer leads a roving life, he's happy & he's free

He's just as independent as a wild dog ought to be

He dearly loves a pretty girl and in that there is no sin

But if a white one fails him, well, he'll fasten to a gin

So off to the shearing I'll go I'll go

So off to the shearing I'll go

The girls frown on me a gin case I'll be when off to the shearing I'll go

We're shearing at Malaraway, the engine throws apace

The tally board shows plain as day, the Q gun can race

The bins are full the pressers they can't stop to have a chat

The cook is babbling night & day, his slushy's bogged in fat

Away from the shearing I'll go I'll go

Away from the shearing I'll go

Ben Rickards you bet will poison us yet

So away from the shearing I'll go

SOURCE: MSS/Mitchell

Papers of W H L Morfew

Nov 1911. Handwritten memoir


What do you call the first sheep on Mars?


A Mars Baa!


Why did the ram jump off the cliff?


Because he heard someone singing "There'll never be another ewe."

Click Go The Shears

Out on the board the old shearer stands,

Grasping his shears in his long, bony hands,

Fixed is his gaze on a bare-bellied "joe"

Glory if he gets her, won't he make the ringer go.

(Chorus) Click go the shears boys, click, click, click,

Wide is his blow and his hands move quick,

The ringer looks around and is beaten by a blow,

And he curses the old snagger with the blue-bellied "joe".

In the middle of the floor in his cane-bottomed chair

Is the boss of the board, with eyes everywhere,

Notes well each fleece as it comes to the screen,

Paying strict attention if it's taken off clean.


The colonial-experience man he is there, of course,

With his shiny leggin's, just got off his horse,

Casting round his eye like a real connoisseur

Whistling the old tune "I'm the Perfect Lure".


The tar-boy is there, a-waiting in demand,

With his blackened tar-pot and his tarry hand,

Sees one old sheep with a cut upon its back,

Hears what he's waiting for "Tar here Jack!"


Shearing is all over and we've all got our cheques,

Roll up your swag for we're off on the tracks,

The first pub we come to, it's there we'll have a spree,

And everyone that comes along it's, "Come and drink with me!"


Down by the bar the old shearer stands,

Grasping his glass in his thin bony hands,

Fixed is his gaze on a green-painted keg

Glory, he'll get down on it, ere he stirs a peg.


There we leave him standing, shouting for all hands,

Whilst all around him every shouter stands,

His eyes are on the cask, which is now lowering fast,

He works hard, he drinks har,d and goes to hell at last.


A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.

Woolly Tails Tales

from Deepwater

I love Sheep!!!

"I Get a Kick Out of Ewe"!

No seriously

'Ewe' are safe to fish in Deepwater

Above: Shearing Demonstration at the 2012 Deepwater Scarecrow & Wool Festival by local Peter Stewart

Left: Our sheep farmer wants a wife - all he asks is that you love his sheep - not much to ask

Let Sheeping Dogs Lie

Australian wool

from State Library of NSW website Discover Collections section on Wool

For many years, wool was the most important product to the Australian economy. The wool industry dates from 1797, when John Macarthur and Reverend Samuel Marsden imported Spanish merino sheep to attempt to start a wool industry. Up until then, the only sheep in the colony were the fat-tailed sheep which the First Fleet brought with it from the Cape of Good Hope. These were used primarily for meat, rather than wool.

It took almost a quarter of a century for Macarthur’s breeding program to produce enough wool to auction. In 1821, the first Australian wool was sold at Garraway’s Coffee House in London. Before 1840, Australia was producing more than two million kilos of wool each year. The success of the wool industry made many squatters and pastoralists immensely wealthy and by the 1880s the wool business was booming.

"The staple of our Australian colonies, but more particularly of New South Wales, the climate and the soil of which are peculiarly suited to its production, - is fine wool"

- Charles Sturt (Early Explorer)

If I'm Sittin'...I'm Knittin'!

Rosemary Boyle from Tenterfield kindly demonstrated wool spinning at the 2012 & 2013 festivals!

Fleece on Earth, Good WOOL to EWE!.

Rosemary Boyle and her textile works from Telopea Craft, Tenterfield

Title of image above - Three women spinning wool to knit socks for soldiers during World War 1, Tenterfield NSW

Lt to Rt:- Mrs Marson, Miss Nelly Kelly, Mrs Eileen Pettett

[Tenterfield is 55km north of Deepwater]

Image available from State Library NSW - Digital Order No:- bcp_06822

We like to thank the State Library of NSW for their kind permission to print images like the one above for use in our Wool & History Displays, on both weekends of the Festival.

2012 (was)

Australian Year of the Farmer

BUT every year should be!!!

Our Farmers. Our Future!!!!!

Above: Scarecrows in Deepwater came in support of our Aussie farmers!

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand kilometers from the paddock.

based on quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower

How can you be involved in the

Australian Year of the Farmer?

- every year!!

We at the Deepwater Scarecrow & Wool Festival love and support our farmers and suggest you create a Scarecrow farmer and/or his sheep etc for the Festival or come to Deepwater and visit the Festival and check out our local farming area.

 Video Lessons about SHEEP 

Above video - History of Australian Wool - All About Animals TV Show

Above Video - Breeding Merinos - All About Animals TV Show

Above Video - Shearing Sheep - All About Animals TV Show