Bullocky leads way
ONE week every year bullockies from around Australia come out of the woodwork to visit one of the few remaining teams and enjoy some sightseeing in the host district. Rohan Morris, of Gleneden Organic Farm, has one of the last remaining teams.
THE long-handled whips will be cracking at Gleneden Organic Farm as the Morris family hosts the 2015 get-together of the Australian Bullock Drivers’ League.
Bullock teams were the backbone of Australia’s industrial development, carrying out the long-distance haulage and earthmoving work, which these days is done by trucks and heavy machinery.
One week each year, bullockies from around Australia come out of the woodwork to visit one of the few remaining teams and enjoy some sightseeing in the host district.
Rohan Morris said the week-long gathering would run from April 18 to 24.
“The bullockies will head into the bush with the Gleneden bullocks to haul some logs, enjoying the spectacle, a few disasters and each other’s company,” he said.
“Around the Burnett district they will visit a cattle sale, a sawmill, a brahman stud, a citrus orchard and packing shed, a museum or two and get an eye for an area off the usual touring map.”
The first day of the get-together will incorporate Gleneden Organic Farm’s weekly Saturday afternoon Working Bullock Team Display and Organic Farm tour.
“Anyone interested in meeting the bullockies or to become one is welcome to come to Gleneden for the display afternoon or one of the working days,” Fiona Morris said.
In May, Gleneden Organic Farm is holding a Bullock Driving and Training Workshop to encourage the next generation of Australian bullockies.
Mr Morris said the Australian Bullock Drivers’ League was formed in Gundagai in 1982, with the aim of preserving Australia’s bullock driving traditions by connecting existing bullockies and helping new ones to start their teams.
“The days are full of action and in the evenings there is always enough yarn spinning to knit jumpers for the bullocks as the bullockies share stories around the bushman’s television,” Mr Morris said.
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BULLOCKY ROHAN: The working bullock team with Rohan Morris off to the job.