Sheep shearing equipment

Australia’s first patent for a shearing machine was granted to James Higham in 1867. The growing sheep population provided ample incentive for inventors to create a machine that would save shearers from the tyranny and agony of hand shears. Steam power and compressed air were both explored, with circular and reciprocating combs and blades. The combs and blades on this board are some of those experimental pieces, and are representative of an endeavour that continued for twenty years.

After Fred...


Sheep shearing equipment, maker unknown, Australia, date unknown


9 mm
542 mm


Gift of Mr S A Spencer, 1938
17 October, 1939

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Sheep shearing equipment 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <>
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