Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekend in Deniliquin

We had a weekend in Deniliquin to visit Daniel and watch him play footy on Saturday. When we've visited Daniel in the last 2 1/2 years he's lived there, we've never had a look around the town.

We visited the Peppin Heritage Centre which is dedicated to the Peppin family who in the 1800's developed a merino sheep that could withstand and thrive in the harsh Australian conditions. The museum is housed in Deniliquin first public school. As you can see in the photo below, merino sheep played a very important part in the town's development.

Sheep are obviously a very valued commodity!!

The champion Peppin merino which cut an average of 25lb of wool compared to it's rivals which only cut 5lbs!

Silver goblets won by the Peppin merino with intricate embossed sheep.

The drought in Australia's recent history has taken it's toll on the sheep population around Deniliquin. This photo from 1977 shows just how many sheep there used to be on Deniliquin properties with them holding their own private sales - this one was for 20,000 head at Boonoke Station!

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