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TAS Country : April 12th 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 13, 2012 News LEARNING THE ROPES: William Browning, left, and Simon Martin. Picture: CHRIS KIDD Cracking good career ROGER HANSON YOUNG STAR: Pee Wee champion Joseph Milburn. TASMANIAN apprentice whipmaker William Browning is in a unique position. He is believed to be the only apprentice whipma- ker in the world and is also a talented whipcracker in the arena. The 17-year-old from Iri- shtown is a second-year apprentice to renowned Devonport whipmaker Si- mon Martin. ''As far as I know Wil- liam is the only apprentice whipmaker in the world,'' Mr Martin said. ''There are only about a dozen full-time whipma- kers, and most of them are in Australia. I guess whipmaking is considered a dying art, but we are flat out with orders for our custom-made whips. We have orders to October.'' Simon Martin Whips makes whips for stock- men, sports whipcrackers, collectors and performers. Mr Browning finished fourth, behind world- famous American whip- cracker Adam Winrich in the men's division of this year's R.M. Williams Aust- ralian Whipcrackers and Plaiters Association (AWPA) championships at the Royal Sydney Show on Good Friday. Tasmania had a record seven competitors in the championships, six of those from the one family. Five of Mr Browning's brothers and sisters com- peted. Six of the family's eight children have been competing for less than two years. Mr Browning's brother Joseph Milburn, 8, scored the highest points ever in the Pee Wee division to be crowned Tasmania's first Australian Pee Wee Whipcracking champion. Then 10-year-old brother Hudson came a close second to the reigning Juv- enile champion, and sister Bonnie, 11, finished sixth. Keeping it in the family, Brock, 15, and sister Caly, 13, were fourth and fifth in the Junior division. ''It was a fantastic effort by the family,'' Mr Martin said. AWPA president Steve Wicks said the Australian championships in Sydney continued to attract the best whipcrackers from throughout Australia. ''The activity is growing in popularity among those who like to do a sport together as a family, which is uniquely Australian,'' Mr Wicks said. The family, which moved from New South Wales to an 80ha cattle farm at Irishtown in Circu- lar Head about nine years ago, is looking forward to the Radford Harvesting AWPA Tasmanian Whipcracking Champion- ship at the Royal Launces- ton Show on October 6. Practical Issues for Irrigation System Planning Wealth from Water Workshops for farmers on: Sprinkler pack design, Irrigator structure selection, System controls, Pipeline efficiency, Pump efficiency, Variable speed pumps, Crops, Soils & Salinity Workshop the issues with: James Curran (Macquarie Franklin), Robin Badcock (Badcock Irrigation Services) Dr Bill Cotching (TIA) The Stables, High Street, Oatlands Thursday 26 April, 10.00am - 2.00pm The Happy Chef, Longford Wednesday 2 May, 10.00 -- 2.00 pm Please RSVP by 20 April to TIA ph 6336 5238 Lyndal.Oppermann@utas.edu.au 2005187-120413 ce - Devonport guson Drive a TAS 7310 03 6424 1511 Fax: 03 6424 6760 Launceston 397 Westbury Road Prospect TAS 7250 Phone: 03 6343 1633 Fax: 03 6343 1644 Smithton Havelock Street Smithton TAS 7330 Phone: 03 6452 1222 Fax: 03 6452 2131 Hobart 323 Midland Highway Bridgewater TAS 7030 Phone: 03 6263 6377 Fax: 03 6263 5922 www.tasfarm.com.au Head Of 1 Ferg Quoib Phone: Fa 0 Blade bolt inspection cap ont c ain a d ea c ain a d o nte s n blade bolts d stable s ids Blade e cl sion ones ate p oo an al olde loatin lti point to e www.farm m m ts.com.au an a ota tte s a clea clean c t abo e and d i eline co e s Kanga Rotary Cutters come with HOT DIPPED GALVANISED decks* excluding the Mini Range ndependent revie ed and approved comp iant ith the OH S ndustr Safet Standard for S ashers Civil Contractor Liquidation Auction Thursday, 19 April at 11:30am Onsite: 26 Jackson Street, Glenorchy Hobart Under instructions from Mr Terry O'Connor and Mr Paul Cook of Paul Cook & Associates in the matter of Clark Purton Civil Maintenance Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) TRUCKS: 09 Fuso Fighter 10 Crane Truck; 04 Volvo FH500 Tipper; 98 Mits FM515 Crane Truck; 93 Isuzu FVZ1400 Tilt Tray; 2 x 89, 1 x 88 Mits FK Tipper; 88 Mits Canter Tipper; 84 Isuzu CXZ Tipper. EARTHMOVING: 4 x 08, 07 Komatsu PC40, PC30 Excavators. TRAILER: 08 2ax Tag. OTHER: 90 JCB Loadall; 91 JD 315C Backhoe; Workshop, Plant & Equipment. Inspection: Wednesday, 18 April from 1:00pm -- 4:00pm & from 9:00am morning of sale. Enquiries: Andrew Wright 0423 631 833, firstname.lastname@example.org Please Note: Conditions & processing fees apply, see website for details. www.pickles.com.au
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