The 1958 Sydney Sheep Show was held from May 18th to May 31st. Fifteen hundred?
Sign 59th Annual Sheep Show ... Stud Sheep Sales
Man watching sheep coming down ramp - merinos.
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Border Leicester on lead
Two merinos (C.U.)lamb in between
Man unloading merino ram from truck - tailboard down.
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Sheep being taken through gate into pavilion, on left is Brother Maranta
Mrs. Pat Hicks of Orange, with champion Ryelands ram of Show, which two months ago butted her and injured her spine.
Interior sheep pavilion - sheep in pens
Man clipping Ryelands sheep
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CU a Reylands head
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Two men washing a Border Leicester's face.
CU men washing same sheep
Boy and woman grooming sheep - Mrs. E. Cotton and Master Robert Cotton of Operon who are preparing a Hampshire Down ram
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CU woman grooming sheep's head
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CU boy patting down wool with grooming piece
CU head of merino ram
Man throwing wool on to wool-classing table
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CU hands pulling wool apart - part of classing operation
CU of wool-classer with glasses.
Man tossing wool about on table - rows of wool behind him
CU Spinning Wheel
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A Sydney woman, Mrs. W. Thorvaldson at spinning bobbin
CU of bobbin
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Another Sydney woman, Mrs. Johnston at wheel -- wool behind her
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CU her hands pulling apart
CU Mrs. Johnston's face
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CU loom-man working it
CU Mr. Crane - retired public servant aged 62
His hands working loom
MS Mr. Crane on left, child watching
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CU same girl watching
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Mr. Crane pushing shuttle through loom
Sign "To the Sheep Pavilions"
Border Leicesters being judged
Man leading Border Leicester
Side shot one of the Champion Border Leicesters - pans along
CU head of champion Border Leicester
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Championship ribbons on rail
Rear view of Poll Dorset sheep
Judge feeling wool on sheep
Woman artist sketching sheep
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CU of her sketch
General view of judging ring
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Judge in black hat (rear view) feeling back of sheep
Merino rams being held in sitting position for judging
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CU head of merino ram
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Rear view three champions - ribbons on back - Ryelands
CU one of the champions - Ryelands
CU Merino getting Championship ribbon
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Crowd watching judging
Grand Champion Border Leicester
Front shot of same champion panning to its feet
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Grand Champion South Down Merino
Sir Walter Merriman on left in hat
Row of sheep being judged
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CU of judge probing wool
CU two men in hats looking down
Hands holding merino's head
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CU two women in crowd
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Grand Champion merino man of Show - Brilliant Example
Different angle of Brilliant Example
CU head of Brilliant Example -pokes out his tongue
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Very CU sheep's face
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Pan along row of champions
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Sheep dog in ring with three sheep
Sign showing what number dog is working
Dog working two sheep
MS two sheep moving in circles
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CU face of sheep dog
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Background: The 1958 Sydney Sheep Show was held from May 18th to May 31st. Fifteen hundred sheep were gathered together at the Sydney Showground, many of them worth several thousand pounds each. They came from many parts of five Australian states. Strathdarr Stud at Longreach in Western Queensland sent two prize-winning rams seven hundred miles by air to the show ... the longest airlift of sheep to show on record. The biggest single draft of sheep ... sixty-nine ... came from the famous Merryvale stud at Yass in southern New South Wales. The stud, owned by Sir Walter Merriman, carried off all the main honours at the show. Its sheep won the grand championship awards for both merino rams and ewes. Sir Walter also won the blue riband event of the show ... The Stonehaven Cup for the best exhibit of foe merinos. Another Merryvale ram won the ribbon for the Reserve Grand Champion. Judges said that the stud's Grand Champion, for fleece and size, was the best they had ever seen. It was the seventh consecutive year Sir Walter had won the Grand Championship. This year's champion Brilliant Example, Probably carried about forty pounds of fine wool. The stud has won the Grand Championship for ewes at the Sydney Sheep Show eighteen times. Its rams sometimes bring nearly four thousand guineas. Merryvale is recognized as probably the greatest merino sheep stud in the world.
At the show this year were the first Poll Dorset Sheep ever exhibited. It took almost twenty judging rings to accommodate the merinos and twelve other British and Australian breeds of sheep at the show. The fifteen hundred fine sheep were valued showgrounds for the sales that followed the show. The award for the Champion Southdown ram went to a woman stud sheep breeder, Mrs. Anthony Hordern, the wife of a well known Orange in western N.S.Wales. Two months ago Mrs. Hicks was put in hospital for six weeks with a spine injury after the ram, King Gordon, butted her. After King Gordon won the Championship he caused a minor flurry at the showgrounds when he broke away from his attendant and charged through the crowd back to his pen. Mrs. Hick's sheep won seven first prizes, three seconds and two thirds.
The Saint Michael's Agricultural College, run by the Christian Brothers order near Goulburn in Southern N.S. Wales, won a prize with its first entry in the show... Ryelands. The Deputy Principal of the College, Brother Maranta, supervised students who paraded the sheep before the judges.
Lawns surrounding the Show's judging rings were packed with displays of agricultural machinery and equipment and all the mechanical and scientific aids for the sheep industry.
Allied features of the wool industry were displayed. There were exhibitions of wool classing, shearing and spinning and weaving. One of those demonstrating weaving was a retired Public servant, Mr. Lance Crane, of Sydney, who began weaving twelve years ago after his wife bought a length of houndstooth tweed. He read several books on weaving and then decided to build his own loom from a picture he saw on a pamphlet.
Another side of this display of Australia's woollen wealth was the sheep dog trials. More than eighty dogs took part. The dogs have to pen a small mob of sheep within a set time limit after driving them through two narrow obstacles. The handlers stand in a fixed position and control the dogs by voice, whistles and hand signals.