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TAS Country : September 30th 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 News LOOKING BACK: Gwen and John Hardstaff outside East Cluny shearing shed built in 1880. Picture: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Old shed snapshot of history JENNIFER CRAWLEY Continued Page 4 THE wooden shingle shearing shed still in use on Margaret and Wayne Hoskinson's East Cluny property near Bothwell is an echo of a bygone era. The tar drum at the back of the shed has remained unopened for decades. Tar was used to cover nicks and cuts on the sheep caused by hand-held shears. The East Cluny shed features in a new publication by the Bothwell Historical Society, compiled by Central Highlands historian Gwen Hardstaff. The history of 30 Highland sheds, including when they were built, who the land was granted to, who occupied the property and special features is being gathered for the publication. Gwen Hardstaff, 71, was born in the district and lives at Waddamana with husband, John, who photographed the sheds. Mrs Hardstaff said her interest in history has intensified as she has grown older. Her history book on the Central Highlands Cider Gums & Currawongs, is in its second print run. Big chill a crop stopper KAROLIN MacGREGOR Continued Page 4 FREEZING weather that brought low- level snow across the state this week came at a bad time for many Tasman- ian farmers. With lambing still taking place in some districts and cropping programs getting started, the chilly conditions, which saw snow falls in many elevated areas, were not what farmers were hoping for. Good rains in many areas over the past few months have set things up for a bumper spring. But farmers say all they need now is some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Bothwell farmer Tom Edgell said up to 5cm of snow had settled on his property on Wednesday morning. ''It's pretty late in the season to be getting weather like this,'' Mr Edgell said. ''But it's not unusual because strange things happen with the weath- er at Bothwell.'' Mr Edgell said things had dried out during the past couple of weeks after a wet start to the season and planting had started. ''We got pretty wet here for a while but the wind has helped. It's dry enough now to return to the paddocks. The main problem with the wind though is that it's been very hard to get any spraying done.'' Mr Edgell said he hoped the weather would improve and let pastures and crops start to grow. ''It seems to have been a bit of a slow start to spring, but I think we're back on track now,'' he said. The dry, windy weather has also been good news for the state's poppy farmers. Good winter rain delayed planting in some areas early in the season but conditions during the past two weeks have enabled farmers to catch up. GlaxoSmithKline research and field operations manager Mike Doyle said the break in the weather had dried many paddocks out. ''We've had two weeks of fine weath- er which was terrific,'' Mr Doyle said. ''It has let us have a good run and get big areas in.'' Mr Doyle said more than 75 per cent of the company's crop was now in the ground. ''There are still a few later areas that have to go in, but that shouldn't be a problem at all,'' he said. Farmers in many areas have had to bring out irrigators to ensure a good even germination of their poppy crops. *Offer ends 31/12/10 at participating Polaris dealers or earlier if stocks run out. Excludes fleet clients. 500 H.O. shown with Polaris accessory towpack, rack extenders, brush guard and side rails. Excludes Sportsman 90 and 6X6. Not valid with other offers. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au NOTHING RIDES LIKE A MADE SAVE $1,000* SPORTSMAN 300 4X4 Auto $6,995 RIDEAWAY* SPORTSMAN 400 H.O. 4X4 Auto $7,995 RIDEAWAY* SPORTSMAN 500 H.O. 4X4 Auto $9,695 RIDEAWAY*
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