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German young women shearers, 15 years and over

Copy of a 10 minute power point presentation given at Tanunda S.A. on 21 May 2022

'Trades & Skills of German Settlers in South Australia: Local Stories'

Facilitated by:  German Heritage Research Group, Barossa German Language Association

Lutheran Archives & Friends of the Lutheran Archives



                                         Did you know?  

From the age of 15 German women washed & sheared sheep at various properties in rural & remote South Australia

Many Hahndorf women travelled hundreds of kilometres to shear each season

They began shearing in 1839 and continued past 1851 [during the gold rush], many potentially sheared for up to 9 seasons, & possibly contributed significantly to they families income & reducing their passage debts.

Two families on the 'Zebra' have been document as having had daughters who shear.  It is probable that their mothers brought their shearing skills from Brandenburg & taught their daughters before or becoming 15 years of age.

















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