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The Shearers Evan McHugh

The Shearers

Evan McHugh

Published July 29th 2015
ISBN : 9780670078158
Paperback
304 pages
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The story of Australia, told from the woolsheds.For much of its history Australia has been described as riding on the sheeps back . . . but if the country rode on anyones back, it was on the aching, creaking, flexing spines of AustralianMoreThe story of Australia, told from the woolsheds.For much of its history Australia has been described as riding on the sheeps back . . . but if the country rode on anyones back, it was on the aching, creaking, flexing spines of Australian shearers.Armed with their blades, a sense of adventure and a relentless work ethic, shearers have been a fundamental part of Australias outback for centuries.From legendary figures such as blade shearing record-holder Jack Howe and fearless union man cum poet Julian Stuart, to todays young guns having to adapt to a rapidly changing industry, these rugged, resilient and proud characters have influenced the social landscape and folklore of the country. Shearers contributed to the formation of both the Labor and National parties, while Australias national song, Waltzing Matilda, was written on a Queensland sheep station.Expert outback chronicler Evan McHugh – author of bestselling titles such as The Drovers and Outback Heroes – presents the definitive history of these men, bringing to life the toil, tumult and toughness of the shearing life, and the effect it has had on Australias national character.