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Wooleen Station, Australia

December 6, 2013 by  

Wooleen Station, Australia, Wooleen Station is a pastoral lease that was previously operated as a sheep station and currently runs cattle. The station was established in 1886 in the Murchison Region of Western Australia that is bisected by the Murchison River. The station is situated approximately 680 kilometres (423 mi) north of Perth in the shire of Murchison.

The property covers a total area of 152,000 hectares (375,600 acres). The bulk of the land is Mulga scrub land and contains a 36 kilometres (22 mi)-length of the Murchison river and the Roderick River as well as Lake Wooleen. It is bordered to the north by Meeberrie, to the east by Boolardy and to the south by Murgoo Station.

Wooleen was first selected in 1887 and was owned by James Sharpe and David McWhinney in 1890, the station lost about 1,100 sheep as well as their shepherd from dehydration in the tremendous heat of February 1890 some 50 miles (80 km) west of the homestead. The shepherd’s name was Templeton and he was found with a note describing his predicament. The district received good rains a few days later.

Heavy rains fell in the area in 1921 with the local mail being stranded at Wooleen for some time as a result of washaways, nearby properties recorded falls of up to 15 inches (38 cm). A 12-stand shearing shed was built in 1922.

Ben Sharpe who owned Wooleen Station also took up the lease at Mardie Station in 1923. Sharpe took delivery of a 15-hp Crossley, fitted with tray body to use as a station runabout, at Wooleen in 1924.

Over 28,000 sheep were shorn at the station in 1924.

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