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.