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Shearing shed memories | The Land

Les McIlveen reflecting on his happy years working in woolsheds.
Shearers quarters at Carandotta, near Dajarra in 1932. Photo: John Oxley Library

Les McIlveen has no regrets about his lifetime career as a shearer.

“None whatsoever,” he said. “It was very good to me, it clothed and fed my family and educated them including sending our youngest son to university.

“I was proud to be a shearer and I’ve met a lot of good people.”

Les said shearing is a tough game, but only as tough as you make it.

Shearing was a family tradition; his grandfather shore in the sheds around Boomi, before he became a…

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