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As I reflect on my time researching in this vast country, I acknowledge I’ve only had a brief glimpse at the quilt of stories that makes up the culture and controversies of wool farming in Australia and life in the bush. From the hills of South Australia where my hands were rough and cracked from …

As the train eases away from the platform in Peterborough, South Australia, I wrap up my fourth and final research site in Australia. I spent the week on a 40,000-acre sheep station nestled in the southern Flinders Ranges. Besides learning about station management in the driest state of the driest inhabited continent in the world, …

Making my way up north along the historical “Wool Wagon Pathway,” I reached the World Heritage area known as Shark Bay where I lived and worked on yet another sheep station. This station, comprised of over 500,000 acres, was steeped in Australia’s wool history. I had finally reached what felt like the “real outback.” Red, …

Wow. What a week I have had outside the town of Geraldton, Western Australia. I spent the week living with a couple that owns and operates a sheep station, orchard, and shearing contracting business. Shearing contractors, who have a vital role in the wool industry, organize and connect shearers to the woolsheds that need labor …