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.

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


Locals star in video exhibit.

District residents have been used to star in one of the video exhibits ‘Shear People”.

The exhibit will help visitors to the Centre understand the different roles in the shearing industry, from the landowner right through o the sheep.

David Jellings from the production company, audience Motivation wanted to use ‘real people to represent the industry, rather than actors.

Those selected had a tough challenge.

“Trying to sum up in 90 seconds what a particular job involves, what you like and don’t like about it and what a typical workday involves is not easy,” David said.

They had to know the industry and had to be a good communicator as well.”

Locals filled all the roles in the production with one notable exception.

“We had difficulty filling the role of the Scab,” David said.

“When we employed an actor, he turned out to be a fully paid-up member of the MEAA (that actors’ union).”

Audience Motivation is based in Sydney and has 30 years experience in producing programs for museums and exhibitions internationally.

The company has produced 12 world Expo Pavilions in Japan, the US and Europe, the famous Raffles Hotel and Fort Canning in Singapore and a number of projects thought Asia.

In Australia, programs were produced for the National Maritime Museum, the Museum of Victoria, Australian War Memorial and Powerhouse Museum.

For shear Outback, Audience Motivation worked in conjunction with designers, Bannyan Wood and the Shear Outback team to produce five multi-media exhibits.

The crew found filming in and around Hay a great experience, shooting nearly six hours of footage and recording over an hour of digital sound effects.

And according to director Jason Olivier, the crew inherited one shearing tradition.

During one of the interviews they found out about the penalty ‘rousies’ had to pay if they dropped a paddle during a run – a bottle of beer to the shearer.

The crew instantly adopted to call of “bottle” for the film industry.

Merchandise spreads the word.

A great range of Shear Outback merchandise

was launched last year to help promote the project and also raise much needed income.

There are the usual caps and slouch hats, polo and chambray shirts and stubby holders as well as a 2002 commemorative diary.

To celebrate the Year of the Outback, a nude shearers’ calendar has been produced featuring 12 local men involved in the shearing industry.

The beautifully photographed, tasteful and humourous calendar shows the real spirit of the Australian shearing industry and funds raised from sale benefit Shear Outback as well as restoration of the One Tree Pub.

What’s there to eat?

There will be plenty to eat and drink throughout the weekend, thanks to many volunteer groups who have put up their hands to ensure no-one goes hungry.

The usual Australia Day Big Breakfast at hay Gaol starts at 7.30am and will be cooked by Rotarians.

This will be followed by a barbecue and cold drinks at the Surf Carnival, courtesy SES.

The evening meal at the Shear Outback complex is a combined effort by members of the Rotary, Lions and Probus Clubs, with CWA responsible for tea and coffee and Occasional Child Care to provide the sweets.

The main meal provided by the three service groups includes cold lamb rolls and sausage sizzle.

On Sunday there is brunch at Bishop’s Lodge between 10am and 12 noon, consisting of juice, fruit platter, plunger coffee and savoury muffins.

There will also be a ploughman’s lunch, sausage sizzle and afternoon tea.

The cafe at Shear Outback will be open for business throughout the day, and between 11am and 2pm Booroorban Sporting and Social Club will provide a barbecue. Hay Scouts and Guides will be responsible for the camp oven meal in the evening as part of the Shearers’ Mess.

Shearing Legends to be inducted.

Five legendary shearers will be the first to be inducted into the Australian Shearers’ Hall of Fame.

This will take place during a private ceremony on site on Sunday afternoon.

The inaugural inductees are Jackie Howe (1861-1920), Julian Stuart (1866-1929), Henry Salter MBE (1907 – 1997), Kevin Sarre (1933-1995) and 60 year old John Hutchinson OAM.



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Extracts reproduced with permission from The Riverine Grazier