A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
I went to Dubbo recently and it turned out to be a hugely productive trip. I met so many inspiring people — stories just seemed to leap out at me from everywhere and you will see a few of them on the pages of this issue.
From a young saddler using his skills in untraditional ways to a fifth-generation wool grower branching out into fashion, clearly the NSW Central West is home to talented people. When I heard Pip Smith speak about what she and her husband Norm were doing on Glenwood, the 2800-hectare family property near Wellington, at the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry lunch, I knew I had to make sure we did something in the magazine. It’s rare to find someone who’s so passionate about what they do. For years, Pip watched Norm spend his days caring for his beloved merinos from dawn to dusk. Then he’d take the fleece to auction and see the world’s top fashion buyers bid for their wool and mix it with other inferior fleeces. “It just seemed so wrong after all the work and study Norm had done to breed such beautiful merinos,” she explains. “That’s where the idea of making a garment with every wool fibre traceable back to Glenwood came from. I just didn’t get around to acting on it for so long because the kids were so little.” Luckily, she is acting on it now, as you can see on page 18. Another reason I enjoyed my time in Dubbo, was that I went to all the places my father, who was once a journalist on the local Daily Liberal newspaper, used to tell me about. Dad lived in the town’s fire station and, in exchange for board and lodging, he would go out on the fire truck. Quite different from a chamber of commerce lunch, but it was also a great way to get stories...
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