• Short Summary

    The 1958 Sydney Sheep Show was held from May 18th to May 31st. Fifteen hundred?

  • Description

    Sign 59th Annual Sheep Show ... Stud Sheep Sales
    4 ft

    Man watching sheep coming down ramp - merinos.
    7 1/2 ft

    Border Leicester on lead
    10 ft

    Two merinos (C.U.)lamb in between
    13 ft

    Man unloading merino ram from truck - tailboard down.
    17 1/2 ft

    Sheep being taken through gate into pavilion, on left is Brother Maranta
    23 ft

    Mrs. Pat Hicks of Orange, with champion Ryelands ram of Show, which two months ago butted her and injured her spine.
    27 ft

    Interior sheep pavilion - sheep in pens
    30 ft

    Man clipping Ryelands sheep
    32 1/2 ft

    CU a Reylands head
    34 1/2 ft

    Two men washing a Border Leicester's face.
    37 ft

    CU men washing same sheep
    39 ft

    Boy and woman grooming sheep - Mrs. E. Cotton and Master Robert Cotton of Operon who are preparing a Hampshire Down ram
    42 1/2 ft

    CU woman grooming sheep's head
    44 1/2 ft

    CU boy patting down wool with grooming piece
    46 ft

    CU head of merino ram
    48 ft

    Man throwing wool on to wool-classing table
    50 1/2 ft

    CU hands pulling wool apart - part of classing operation
    55 ft

    CU of wool-classer with glasses.
    56 ft

    Man tossing wool about on table - rows of wool behind him
    61 ft

    CU Spinning Wheel
    62 1/2 ft

    A Sydney woman, Mrs. W. Thorvaldson at spinning bobbin
    64 ft

    CU of bobbin
    65 1/2 ft

    Another Sydney woman, Mrs. Johnston at wheel -- wool behind her
    67 1/2 ft

    CU her hands pulling apart
    69 ft

    CU Mrs. Johnston's face
    70 1/2 ft

    Weaving loom
    72 1/2 ft

    CU loom-man working it
    74 ft

    CU Mr. Crane - retired public servant aged 62
    75 ft

    His hands working loom
    81 ft

    MS Mr. Crane on left, child watching
    83 1/2 ft

    CU same girl watching
    84 1/2 ft

    Mr. Crane pushing shuttle through loom
    87 ft

    Sign "To the Sheep Pavilions"
    88 ft

    Border Leicesters being judged
    91 ft

    Man leading Border Leicester
    94 ft

    Side shot one of the Champion Border Leicesters - pans along
    97 ft

    CU head of champion Border Leicester
    98 1/2 ft

    Championship ribbons on rail
    100 ft

    Rear view of Poll Dorset sheep
    102 ft

    Judge feeling wool on sheep
    104 ft

    Woman artist sketching sheep
    105 1/2 ft

    CU of her sketch
    108 ft

    General view of judging ring
    109 1/2 ft

    Judge in black hat (rear view) feeling back of sheep
    111 ft

    Merino rams being held in sitting position for judging
    113 1/2 ft

    CU head of merino ram
    115 1/2 ft

    Rear view three champions - ribbons on back - Ryelands
    117 ft

    CU one of the champions - Ryelands
    118 ft

    CU Merino getting Championship ribbon
    121 1/2 ft

    Crowd watching judging
    123 ft

    Grand Champion Border Leicester
    125 ft

    Front shot of same champion panning to its feet
    129 ft

    CU judge
    130 1/2 ft

    Grand Champion South Down Merino
    136 ft

    Sir Walter Merriman on left in hat
    138 ft

    Row of sheep being judged
    140 1/2 ft

    CU of judge probing wool
    144 ft

    CU two men in hats looking down
    145 ft

    Hands holding merino's head
    148 1/2 ft

    CU two women in crowd
    149 1/2 ft

    Grand Champion merino man of Show - Brilliant Example
    152 ft

    Different angle of Brilliant Example
    155 ft

    CU attendant
    156 ft

    CU head of Brilliant Example -pokes out his tongue
    159 1/2 ft

    Very CU sheep's face
    160 1/2 ft

    Pan along row of champions
    164 1/2 ft

    Sheep dog in ring with three sheep
    168 ft

    Sign showing what number dog is working
    169 ft

    Dog judge
    170 ft

    Dog working two sheep
    173 ft

    MS two sheep moving in circles
    174 1/2 ft

    CU face of sheep dog
    178 ft


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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