These sketches from the 1883 Illustrated New Zealand News depict the activities that take place on a sheep station at shearing time. One shows pet sheep being used to entice the main flock into the sheep yards. Once the wool is shorn it is thrown on to the wool table, where sorters remove short and discoloured bits of the fleece. The fleece is then taken to the classer, who sorts it before it is pressed into bales. Shorn sheep are branded with the station brand. Wool is transported by cart, either to a stock and station company wool store, or to the port. Curiously, none of the sketches show the shearers at work.
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