Class activity – learn more about Australian Heritage and the Wool Industry

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On a recent trip in Queensland, Australia, we visited historic Jondaryan Woolshed, an original sheep-shearing shed with a rich history. It is now part of Queensland Heritage. Built in 1859, Charles Coxen and his nephew Henry realized the potential of the land for wool production.


Their first sheep were the descendents of the flocks of John and Elizabeth Macarthur.

wool shed

The Woolshed was one of the largest sheds on the Darling Downs.  At 300 feet long, approximately 3,000 sheep could be processed by 52 shearers at a time.

John and Elizabeth Macarthur pathed the way for the success of many farmers in Australia.

We are still fortunate to have amazing people to learn from. Pictured is the amazing blacksmith at Jondaryan who delights visitors of all ages with his stories and blacksmith skills.

jondaryan blacksmith 2

Class activity:

  • When did John Macarthur arrive in Australia?
  • What was his main task upon arrival?
  • Where are the Darling Downs in Queensland?
  • Where did Charles and Henry Coxen come from?
  • Find out more about the famous Shearer’s Strikes in the 1890’s.
  • What time of the year were sheep shorn?
  • Why were shearing sheds so important?


Read more about John and Elizabeth Macarthur, their arrival in Australia and their contribution to the wool industry through our unique BioView®. There are stories of other Amazing People of Sydney HERE.

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