Shear­ers honoured

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Two shear­ers from north east Vic­to­ria will be among five new in­ductees into The Aus­tralian Shear­ers’ Hall of Fame in Hay, NSW, at Easter.

The Fes­ti­val of the Blades, held dur­ing the Easter long week­end, will see shear­ers John Wil­liam Har­ris of Shep­par­ton and Brian Mor­ri­son from Long­wood honoured at the Hall of Fame cer­e­mony.

Shear Out­back board chair Sam Barnes said the in­ductees were se­lected from 30 nom­i­na­tions by an in­de­pen­dent se­lec­tion panel.

‘‘These men were fa­mous in the world of shear­ing, and should be ac­knowl­edged for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the in­dus­try,’’ Mr Barnes said.

The Fes­ti­val of the Blades week­end will be­gin with the Hay Yard Dog Club con­duct­ing an open Yard Dog Trial on Easter Satur­day.

Visi­tors will be able to watch the work­ing sheep dogs, and also see shear­ing demon­stra­tions in the wool­shed.

On Satur­day evening the In­duc­tion Din­ner will be held at the Hay Ser­vices Club where the new leg­ends will start cel­e­brat­ing with fam­ily and friends and no doubt a few sto­ries will be told.

The for­mal In­duc­tion Cer­e­mony on Easter Sun­day will start at 10 am in the his­toric Mur­ray Downs Shear­ing Shed at Shear Out­back.

Fam­i­lies, friends and as­so­ci­ates of these men will be able to join with other shear­ing iden­ti­ties in hon­our­ing these leg­ends whose names will be added to the grow­ing num­ber in the Aus­tralian Shear­ers’ Hall of Fame.

The Shear Out­back board has in­vited all those who are fas­ci­nated by the shear­ing in­dus­try and its his­tory, the world of sheep and wool, and the peo­ple who con­tinue to work the sheds on the dusty plains of in­land Aus­tralia to at­tend next year’s event.

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