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I have supported this site as a way off keeping a link with our proud working heritage and included  several images which I will routinely add to.*

This site is designed to be a reference for historical reflection and any additional information is welcome to offer  a complete overview for education purposes.

Jackie Howe was born at Canning Downs Station  on the Darling Downs in 1861.
He is known as the Greatest Shearer who ever lived.Just as Bradman had the eye of an eagle,Jackie also had the physical attributes that helped him become the greatest in his field.He was as strong as an ox, had hands the size of small dinner plates, wrists as strong as steel. Jackie was also a natural athlete.He once ran against a professional runner , in bare feet.The result was a dead heat. Of course the race was held after work, where Jackie had just shorn 217 sheep.

Jackie's path to greatness began when the gun shearer at the station where he worked insulted him.Jackie was determined to prove he was the better man. Up until this point Jackie was more than happy to shear about a hundred sheep a day.But on that day he was able to shear a record 211 sheep.Word of his achievement spread and ringers across the country set out to beat his record.

In 1892 ,an Australian wide competition was held to see who was the greatest shearer in the land.Two gold medals were offered as prizes and Jackie was determined to claim both.On the 10th October 1892 , at Alice Downs Station outside Blackall, Jackie set the record for hand shearing 321 sheep in just seven hours and forty minutes.Later he went on to set the machine shearing record of 237 sheep.

Jackie Howe hung up his blades in 1900 and moved into Business with a Ford Dealership as well as a Hotel.

(source:Qld Heritage-www.abc.net.au)* Refer copyright





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Wool Press - The Woolshed at Jondaryan




                     Blackall Wool Scour (Courtesy of Tourism Qld)

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mechanical sheep shears sell for $38,000

Inscription on mechanical shears once owned by Jackie Howe

Posted Thu 10 Oct 2013, 1:23pm AEDT

A mechanical shearing handpiece owned by Jackie Howe features an inscription. The shears were presented to Jackie Howe by the Wolseley company in recognition of his blade shearing record set in 1892.

Australian Shearing History at
Sotheby’s Australia


Sotheby’s Australia is pleased to announce the forthcoming auction of the historic Jackie Howe Mechanical
Shears in their Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design sale on 29 October 2013 in Melbourne
(estimate $15,000-25,000). Inscribed ‘presented to Jack Howe by the Wolseley S.S.M.Co January 1893’,
the presentation follows Howe’s award for the highest tally of sheep shorn with a shearing machine in 1892.
Howe holds the record for shearing 321 merino sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes with hand-shears, a record
that remains unbroken for 121 years, which lead historian Patsy Adam-Smith to call him ‘the Bradman of the


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The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears, 6th-8th September 2013 at the Jondaryan
Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears

The Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears is set to become an iconic and signature event, showcasing the history and heritage that helped establish and grow the Toowoomba, Darling Downs and surrounding regions. The Festival will recreate life in the 1890s. Over three days people will live the lives of these great pioneers and experience the thrills and freedoms that pioneering spirit inspires.

Experience the Woolshed in full steam powered flight with 20 shearing stands, wool classing, bale packing and  bullock trains being loaded. Programs and displays will inspire young Australians to learn more about our historical achievements and Australian culture.

Jackie Howe Trophy

Jackie Howe trophy – The Jackie Howe Trophy, named in honour of the legendary Australian shearer, will become keenly sought after by competing shearers locally, nationally and internationally.
Under permission from Copyright Jackie Howe Golden Shears Festival 2012 - The Woolshed, Jondaryan QLD Australia


Dianne Lindsay has included a song called 'Jackie Howe' on her new album 'Heartbeat Of Australia'.

Dianne  thought it fitting to incorporate songs about prominent Australians on this album.

Dianne Lindsay is a very well respected artist in her own right and also has a very well-known family background, as Reg Lindsay and Heather McKean are her parents and she is a neice of Slim Dusy and Joy McKean.

Part of our motivation for the theme of the album and the song is that it was felt by the Artist a strong obligation to keep our Australian legends and culture alive.





JackieHoweMedalsJackie Howe's Medals come Home
Eloise Handley | 16th June 2009 Warwick Daily News
(The medals won by shearer Jackie Howe)

JACKIE Howe's medals have come home to the Rose City aboard a specialised security plane as part of Q150 celebrations.

Famous for his 1892 unbroken record of shearing 321 sheep in one day using hand shears, the Australian icon's gold medals, shield and fob watch are on display at Warwick Art Gallery until July 6.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said regional Australia was lucky to have the items on display at the Warm my Heart exhibition.

“The National Gallery, in Canberra, normally houses the medals on behalf of a private owner,” she said.

“When the medals, shield and fob watch were sold by the Howe family at auction last year, there was great speculation on which community would put up money and bid for the objects.

“Right at the end, a private collector bought them.

“So someone out there felt strongly enough to bring these items back to Warwick and have them displayed here.”

The collection, worth $305,000, was flown from Canberra in a specialised security plane.

“The National Gallery came to Warwick and checked our gallery's temperature, lighting, security; everything.”

Jackie Howe was born at Canning Downs station and wore the medals and fob watch when he wore a suit.

Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham said the roots of the Warwick region were deeply entwined with the wool industry.

“This is a positive and significant opportunity for our community to see a genuine and important piece of our history,” he said.

“Ownership of the medals resides in this community and that person recognises the medals are an important part of Australian history and should remain Australian property.”

Jackie Howe

• Warm my Heart exhibition: June 11 to July 6.

• Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm; weekend 10am to 1pm.

Howe medals home after $360,000 bid

By GEORGIA DONOVAN 28th May 2008
Warwick Daily News

A MYSTERY Warwick bidder claimed Jackie Howe's medals for $360,000 in an "emotional" pledge to the champion shearer at a Melbourne auction last night.

Five bidders hotly contested Howe's medals and fob watch, which Sotheby's expected would reach between $25,000 and $35,000, when they went under the hammer at 7.30pm in a packed auction room.

However late last night, the bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed to the Daily News he was "weak at the knees" after his phone bid of $360,000 was successful.

He said he called in to the auction expecting a price between $70,000 and $80,000, but was opposed by an extremely determined contender after that price was reached.

"There was one obviously who really wanted them. They were very determined," he said.

"There's nothing similar you could benchmark the medals against. This is totally an emotional thing and they must've believed this was extraordinarily important. They're an icon, there is just one Jackie Howe and it's very nice to secure it for the district."

The successful buyer will explore several options to put the medals on display in Warwick but had not made a decision on a location last night.

"It will be a matter of talking to a number of people to the best location where they can be displayed in the Warwick area," he said.

"It would be very nice to keep these medals in the public domain because it's such a unique achievement and one that every Australian should be proud of."

A contingent from The Shear Outback Museum in Hay, NSW, attended the auction with their own bid of $100,000 raised through a national pledge.

A Sotheby's spokeswoman said the medals stirred national interest with bids from across the country.

Mystery medal bidder
CAN you put a price on a piece of Warwick's history?

With Jackie Howe's medals to go under the hammer next month at a Sotheby's auction in Melbourne, interest has been expressed by a mystery buyer to retain the medals in Warwick where the champion blade shearer was born.

As reported in Saturday's Daily News, the two gold medals Howe won in 1892 are being sold by his family and are expected to reach a price of up to $35,000.

(Source http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3770367)





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