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Tupra Woolshed

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Tupra Woolshed

325.00

This graphite and coloured pencil montage drawing celebrates the life of this 50 stand woolshed which stood for almost a century beside the Lachlan River on the sheep station I managed for 21 years. We shore annually around 40,000 Merino sheep.
”Tupra Woolshed” Unframed Limited Edition Giclee Prints 300 signed & numbered by Chris with a Certificate of Authenticity

Size of the drawing 870 x 430 mm

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This graphite and coloured pencil montage drawing celebrates the life of this 50 stand woolshed which stood for almost a century beside the Lachlan River on the sheep station I managed for 21 years. We shore annually around 40,000 Merino sheep.
”Tupra Woolshed” Unframed Limited Edition Giclee Prints 300 signed & numbered by Chris with a Certificate of Authenticity

Size of the drawing 870 x 430 mm

The shed and shearers quarters were totally destroyed by a mini tornado in 2007.
The superimposed thirteen tooth wide shearing comb represents the industrial dispute in 1983 between the Australian Worker's Union, graziers and shearers over the use of wide combs. Tupra was one of the few large stations that openly stood up and defied the Union's bullying tactics with the support of many shearers.

The blade tree was where in earlier times shearers threw their worn-out shear blades high up into the soft bark of this red gum, or immediately prior to joining the AIF in the Great War, symbolically they hoped to return in one piece and to have the satisfaction of retrieving them to resume their lives as before.
Over time the tree grew around the blades, sometimes rusting off the handles but leaving projecting growths which in places eventually grossly disfigured the tree. The shed has since been faithfully replaced retaining the historic design and materials as much as possible but incorporating modern design and technology internally for greater efficiency.

 AWARDS: Won People's Choice Award - 'Drawing The Essential Art' at the AGRA Gallery, Camberwell, Melbourne