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The Blackall Woolscour

By Helen Aspinall

The Blackall Woolscour operated from 1908 through until 1978 and it is Australia’s Heritage at its best.  Woolscouring means wool washing.  The Scour is an important part of the National Heritage. It is the only steam-driven scour incorporating a shearing shed left in Australia.

In 2002 the Blackall Woolscour once again started using steam to run the machinery.  The Woolscour is open seven days a week and you can experience the magic of the steam engine operating on site from the 1st May through until the end of August.  The Woolscour is situated next to an artesian free-flowing bore which supplied ample hot water for scouring.

You can visit the Blackall Woolscour 7 days a week, between 9:00am and 4:00pm. The Woolscour is located on Evora Road 4kms from the centre of Blackall on an all weather bitumen road. When travelling on the Matilida Highway through Blackall turn into Clematis Street in the business centre of the town and follow the signs.

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