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This Barcoo River town might have been named in honour of Queensland’s second Governor, Samuel Blackall, but another slice of Australiana is infinitely more important to the locals. From their viewpoint, legendary shearer Jackie Howe inscribed the town’s name in the folklore annals in 1892 when, in a local shed, he hand-sheared 321 sheep in seven hours and 40 minutes - a world record which was not broken until electric shears were introduced in 1950.
Blackall also boasts the only woolscour in Australia where hot, artesian bore water was converted to steam to drive the factory's engines and wool dryers. Australia's original black stump - a petrified tree stump in the grounds behind the local school - was the centre point round which the town was built in the 1880s

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Blackall Pictorial Queensland

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