Keep­ing tra­di­tion alive

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT & BEYOND - Bran­don Livesay bran­

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.

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