Shear Outback was officially opened on Australia Day, Saturday 26th January, 2002.

The official opening was carried out by Kay Hull, the Federal Member for Riverina.

There were an estimated 3,000 people in attendance for the opening ceremony.

An easy-to-read transcript of this article appears below the picture.


The above page has been reproduced with permission from The Riverine Grazier, Hay, N.S.W.



ARTEFACTS AND OBJECTS for Shear Outback have turned up in many different ways. This original name-plate of the old and well known Grazcos Shearing Company once adorned their office-front at 50 Young Street Sydney.

 It was on its way to the rubbish tip from the new Grazcos store at Yennora when it was spotted and rescued by an old Grazcos wool classer who kept it for many years until Shear Outback started - another valuable donation.

HAY HAS been well blessed with the presence of our own curator, Dr Martha Seers. Martha came to

Hay from the Power House museum Sydney through a partnership of Hay Shire Council, NSW Ministry of the Arts, with support from all five Hay Museums. Her roll is to 'look after' the massive amount of curatorial material that has accumulated in the Hay Gaol, Dunera and Italian POW Interpretive Centres, Bishops Lodge, Shear Outback and Hay War memorial High School.

 Pictured in the Centenary of Federation parade on 28 October 2001 (with her beloved Corgi) Martha is wearing a special blouse she made which represents all the museums she is involved with.



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Extracts reproduced with permission from The Riverine Grazier