Keeping tradition alive
SOME blokes tinker in the shed with cars and lawnmowers.
Rohan Morris uses his shed for blacksmithing, leatherwork and prepping for his bullock team.
Driving bullocks is a long-lost skill Rohan is safeguarding for future generations.
Rohan Morris ... I have to use my whip because I never grew a set of horns like Arthur.
His bullock team is one of only two in Queensland and, on Monday, he gave a demonstration on the rural tradition at his Gleneden property.
His family has been living in the small town of Gleneden outside Gayndah for more than 100 years.
“The Savages, they were posted a tin matchbox full of soil from Gleneden,” Mr Morris said.
“And they walked 350km from Murphy’s Creek to here.”
Bullock teams have strong links to the area and Rohan said his grandmother used to watch bullocks hauling logs around town.
He started his own team after a chance meeting with a Mt Perry man in 1995.
Now Rohan and his wife Fiona host groups on their property, letting others see what the Morris family does on a daily basis.
He calls out to the bullocks by name to work them in the field.
Arthur is boss; the biggest of the group and second only to Rohan.
“They have a hierarchy; I have to use my whip because I never grew a set of horns like Arthur.”
BULLOCK DRIVER: Rohan Morris keeps his bullock team in line.