Official Media Release

Liverpool Plains Woolshed Gains State Heritage Status

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the magnificent East Warrah Woolshed, thought to be the largest built in the 1860’s, has been recognised as state significant, with its addition to the State Heritage List. 

Mr Johnsen said the listing of East Warrah Woolshed, near Quirindi was the second of the north west’s grand woolsheds to be recognised by state heritage listing this year. 

“East Warrah Woolshed is thought to be the oldest woolshed of the 1860’s and one of the largest woolsheds in NSW established before the 1870’s,” Mr Johnsen said. 

“The woolshed dates back to 1864 and was constructed largely of timber cut from the property. 

“Further construction later added on two wings of sweating pens (where sheep are held prior to catching and shearing) which were connected to the original woolshed by a long sheep bridge, adding to the size of the grand structure. 

“It initially contained 30 stands and when later extended, 64 stands and was one of the first shearing sheds in Australia to trial mechanised shearing. 

“East Warrah Woolshed was the working heart of the first successful sheep station established by the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC). 

“AAC was the first private enterprise in the colony to establish the fine wool industry in NSW.  

“The state heritage recognition for East Warrah Woolshed follows the listing earlier this year of nearby Windy Station Woolshed. 

“Windy Station is another grand shearing shed built later, in 1901, designed using the best practice principles of the time and incorporating then cutting-edge technology. 

“Both of these woolsheds were originally part of the same property, and were an integral part of the emerging fine wool industry in Australia.  

“The two sister sheds are a salute to a boom time in the wool industry and stand as proud testament to the forethought of pioneering industry leaders in rural NSW, Mr Johnsen concluded.