The Blackall Woolscour operated from 1908 through until 1978 and it is Australia's Heritage at its best. Woolscouring means wool washing. The Scour is an important part of the National Heritage. It is the only steam-driven scour incorporating a shearing shed left in Australia. Daily guided tours are operated by enthusiastic volunteers.
Jack Howe, Australia’s most famous shearer shore a record of 321 sheep in 7 hours 40 minutes in 1892. A memorial statue is located outside the Universal Garden Centre in Shamrock St. Inside is a gallery, with a historic display, relating to legendary shearer Jack Howe and the local town history.
Located behind the State School in Thistle Street, the Black Stump was used for surveying purposes and permanently marks the original Astro Station which was established in 1887. Surveyors placed their transit on the stump for latitude and longitude observations. The stump was used rather than a set of legs because it gave more stability to the transit. At the time any country to the west of Blackall was considered to be “beyond the Black Stump”.
Join local Blackall artisans to learn the story and see a demonstration of the drover’s lost art of leather-craft. Opportunity to join in and learn the craft with advance notice. Leather goods are also available for purchase.
Learn the history of this iconic teddy, hear how the teddies are named and see a demonstration. In the workshop, you can meet your new lifelong companion, over 40,000 teddy bears have been made here in Tambo and yours will have its own unique number and personality.