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TAS Country : January 27th 2011
ary 28, 2011 15 GOOD TIMES: Some of the 5000 sheep run by the stud at the moment. uilt on hard labour ANECDOTES: Paul and Jean Weeding in the courtyard of their Ockhampton home. and sell about 90 rams. This year we got it back up to about 70 when we had our sale. ''So things are getting better in the industry and there's a bit more demand.'' The garden adjacent to the house is filled with a variety of vibrant, colourful flowers. It is Mrs Weeding's pride and joy. An old sandstone horse feeding trough is filled with water lilies and surrounded by ceramic frogs. The trough was made from sandstone excavated from the sea cliffs. Back in the late 1800s there was a quarry where large amounts of sandstone were obtained and shipped to the mainland. This sandstone was used to build the Melbourne GPO and law courts in Victoria. The remains of the tramway which transported the stone before loading onto the ships can be found at the end of Shelly Beach. Major Lord's tomb is also housed on the Okehampton property. Not long after the Maria Island penal settlement was established the area became popular with whalers and the latter half of the 1820s saw four whaling stations operating along that stretch of coastline. As a result of all this activity farmers moved into the area and by 1860 Spring Bay had been declared a municipality. Okehampton Beach is a secluded white sand beach located just past the farmhouse. Mr Weeding said he often takes his boat out for fishing expeditions, catching many of the fish that the Triabunna fishing towns are famous for, as well as fresh mussels. Okehampton also hosts a range of charity events. On February 26 it will be site of a rustic golf tournament. The event is organised by Rotary and funds raised will go to the Queensland flood appeal.
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