Wool specimen from a stud ram

Made by Lee, James in Molong, New South Wales, 1901.

The wool collection held by the Powerhouse Museum contains thousands of wool samples collected between 1804 and 2003. These samples provide a record of wool growing in Australia. The different fleeces reflect the breeding programs and environmental conditions under which the fleeces were grown and, as such, they provide a valuable history of the areas of Australia in which sheep were grazed.

Sheep were introduced into Australia in 1788 from Cape Town in South Africa. Since then sheep from other...


Wool specimen, stud ram, bred by James Lee, Larras Lake, Molong, New South Wales, Australia, 1901

Wool specimen from the flank of a six tooth, Vermont- Gadegast strain. special stud ram. The ram was housed and fed. There is a length of ribbon with the specimen and a small oval tag attached to the ribbon.

This sample of wool was tested in June 2007 by the Interactive Wool Group. They used the OFDA2000 instrument for fleece testing. The following are the results for this specimen:

Microns: 24.5 microns (4.3 Standard Deviation)
(average fibre diameter)

Staple length: 50 mm

Mean fibre curvature: 99.4 Dg/mm
(A measurement in degrees
per mm related to
crimp frequency)

Comfort Factor: 91.5 %
(The % of fibres equal
to or less than 30 microns)


100 mm
50 mm


The wool was produced in 1901 by James Lee in Larras Lake, Molong, New South Wales, Australia.
Lee, James 1901


Purchased 2003 (originally gift of James Lee, 1901)
31 March, 2003

Cite this Object

Wool specimen from a stud ram 2013, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <https://ma.as/229880>
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