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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - August 14, 2016

Aussie Exports (and riding the sheep's back)

Australia has used her natural resources to become rich  - either taking what is already there or using the land to produce wealth.

In 1970 there were 180 million sheep in Australia.

Our exports today are worth   $ 327 000 million. Wool doesn't make top 10

1 When did sheep numbers PEAK in our history?
2 Whaling was the second industry in our history. What was the first and why?
  Sealing - it was easier
3 How did sheep change the outback landscape
  They turned open forest into saltbush plain

There are now the same number of sheep in Australia as there were in 1885. Talk about the era of wool and its origins. Samuel Marsden and MacArthur.

Our Exports today - top 10

Iron 66,000 million   20%

Iron 66,000 million 20%
Coal 38,000 million 12%
Gas 18,000 million 5.5%
Education travel services 17,000 million 5%
Tourism 14,000 million 4.5%
Gold 13,500 million 4%
Oil 10,500 million 3%
Beef 8,000 million 2.5%
Aluminium 6,000 million 2%
Wheat 6,000 million 2%


Shearing at Castlereagh
AB Paterson (‘The Banjo’)

The bell is set aringing, and the engine gives a toot,
There’s five and thirty shearers here are shearing for the loot,
So stir yourselves, you penners-up and shove the sheep along,
The musterers are fetching them a hundred thousand strong,
And make your collie dogs speak up – what would the buyers say
In London if the wool was late this year from Castlereagh?

The man that ‘rung’ the Tubbo shed is not the ringer here,
That stripling from the Cooma side can teach him how to shear.
They trim away the ragged locks, and rip the cutter goes,
And leaves a track of snowy fleece from brisket to the nose;
It’s lovely how they peel it off with never stop nor stay,
They’re racing for the ringer’s place this year at Castlereagh.

The man that keeps the cutters sharp is growling in his cage,
He’s always in a hurry and he’s always in a rage –
‘You clumsy-fisted muttonheads, you’d turn a fellow sick,
You pass yourselves as shearers? You were born to swing a pick!
Another broken cutter here, that’s two you’ve broke today,
It’s awful how such crawlers come to shear at Castlereagh.’

The youngsters picking up the fleece enjoy the merry din,
They throw the classer up the fleece, he throws it to the bin;
The pressers standing by the rack are waiting for the wool,
There’s room for just a couple more, the press is nearly full;
Now jump upon the lever, lads, and heave and heave away,
Another bale of golden fleece is branded ‘Castlereagh’.


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