Capturing rich history of shearing

GOLDEN MEMORIES: Bernie Walker has captured a piece of Euroa’s history in his new book, A Test for the Best – The History of Golden Shears in Australia 1974-1984. PHOTO: Lucy Bowler

EUROA’S history of shearing competitions has been captured in ‘A Test for the Best – The History of Golden Shears in Australia 1974-1984’, written by former shearer and organiser, Bernie Walker.

Inspired by New Zealand’s Golden Shears in October 1974, Australia became the third country after England to hold the event.

Euroa’s Golden Shears filled the township annually as shearers flocked from around the world for the competition.

As chairman of the Apex committee which became the Euroa Shearing Association, Bernie Walker was involved with the local Golden Shears since its inception.

Mr Walker said the event often sold out in advance with up to 800 people in attendance at Euroa Town Hall (now the cinema).

“My main motivation for writing the book was to record and create an accurate record of what took place,” Mr Walker said.

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