Jondaryan Woolshed. Pictorial Documentry

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Me and my brothers went to a place called Jondaryan Woolshed yesterday. Jondaryan was a 300,000 acre property with its focus on sheep and wool production. It is famous because it is the oldest operating woodshed in Queensland. In it's heyday there were 52 shearing stands and it could accommodate 3000 sheep at a time. Shearing in Queensland is in spring/summer so between September and December. During this time it usually rains so a Woolshed is necessary to for efficient processing. Jackie Howe is a famous Aussie for the highest record in Australia for shearing 1437 sheep in 44 hours and 30 minutes. This was back in 1892 and he was using hand shears! His week record has yet been unbroken.

    Once a year they hold a Heritage festival where you can see the old trades and hop on and ride, or experience old machinery in action. Here are few pictures that are interesting. GF1,50mm Rokkor and Panny 20mm

    Watching and listening to the blacksmith tell stories was fascinating. Here he's making a small horseshoe.

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    He's showing a snake he's made out of three larges rasps (files). Constant heating and hammering on the anvil has created an incredibly strong snake.

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    A young poddy calf

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    My brother Mackenzie playing with a baby goat.

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    The old ladies spinning the wool on their spinning wheels. I am amazed at their skill in keeping the thread a uniform thickness.

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    Wool shearing

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    The fleece being thrown out on the table to have the edges flicked off

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    Watching the making of a 6 ft whip

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    Tying on the fall and getting ready to add the cracker

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    Adding hay to the old belt drive baler

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    Corn cobs that are just about to be put into the sheller

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    Ruston Hornsby giving rides

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    A fella making the Bundy Rum bear with a chainsaw and angle grinder

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  2. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Superb series, Icon !
    The shearing pics make me think I need a haircut :)))

    C U,
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Great stuff.
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  4. Dan Lopez

    Dan Lopez Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2011
    Very captivating images...Cheers!!
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  5. I have only the vaguest memories of this places having been there once when I was a small kid. My Dad lived out this way for a while in his younger days. Love the shots, particularly the the hay, corn cobs, and the baby moo cow.
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  6. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks Raf. I am pretty sure each time these guys get a hair cut the majority of the wool is going to Mr. Giorgio Armani at the moment.
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  7. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thankyou Bill. Do they do much sheep farming in WA still?

    Ta for your comment. I'm learning now to not just take an image just because I like it but spend a little more time in thinking about the image first to portray a little more of a story.
  8. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nice Lucky, you'll have to come back. It's on everyday until Saturday.

    The picture of the hay is the first time I've tried the cross process and it seemed to fit. I love the calf as well, too bad they grow up.:smile:

    Thanks mate