The Ringers Review

The magazine for collectors of sheep shearing equipment and memorabilia

Union Tickets

The early shearers were virtually forced to join the Amalagamated Shere’s Union because of the very harsh treatment they received at the hands of the Pastoralists. Sleeping on kapok mattress, if there was  indeed a mattress at all, and getting your tally docked if the boss wasn’t happy with how you shore the sheep, were just a couple of things to put up with. Many struggles ensued between the workers and the employers which resulted in a number of large strikes in the 1890s. Union tickets from that era are now highly prized. An 1893 and 1894 example can be seen below. The 1894 example was written at the famous Roto shed, near Hillston, in NSW.