Woollen Yarns Exhibition - Sydney and the Wool Trade

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Woollen Yarns Exhibition - Sydney and the Wool Trade

produced by City of Sydney

From the early years of Australia as a colony through the golden era of the Australian wool trade, Sydney has been shaped by the wool industry. Sheep farming was an iconic rural activity, but it was in the mercantile hub of Sydney that wool was transported, processed and exported. This photographic exhibition tells the story of Sydney and the wool industry going back to the beginning of the 19th century when the first merinos arrived in the country.

Rarely seen images include the loading of the annual wool clip at Circular Quay of the prized merino fleece for export, to the glory days of the mid-20th century when wool represented up to 45 per cent of the nation’s total exports. This exhibition brings to life Sydney’s relationship with wool, from storing, washing, milling and sorting, to classing, trading and manufacture.

Image: A wool classer at East Sydney Tech, 1949.

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When:

  • Between Tuesday 28 August and Tuesday 16 October from 00.00 to 00.00

28 August – 16 October 2012. See website for details.

Where:

Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000 Venue details

Cost:

Free

More Info:

City of Sydney
Margaret Betteridge
02) 9265 9333
mbetteridge@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

How to get to this event:

Circular Quay trains, buses and ferries.

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Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

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