Posted by: nancycurteman | February 19, 2010

Outback Sheep and Cattle Stations

In the past, Australian sheep and cattle stations were large having an average size of about 120 thousand hectares, close to 300 thousand acres. Many were much bigger.  Typically there were several functional buildings/barns of various sizes all with metal roofs including small, one-room cottages or long low dormitories to house migrant sheep shearers. The sheep shearing shed, a corrugated sheet metal structure, was usually the largest structure. Fat metal silos stored food for animals. A tall windmill and/or artesian bores (deep wells) provided water. The homestead (owners home) was a hip-roofed house with a wide veranda circling its front and two sides with a broad chimney at the back. A landing strip for use by the Royal Flying Doctor service and other light aircraft was standard. The stations today remain pretty much modernized versions of those in the nineteenth century.

My novel takes readers to an Outback sheep station owned by my story detective.


  1. Gosh! Way out there, if one of your sheep needed a vet, it was BAAAAd news.


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