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Shearers honoured

By Country News

Two former Euroa shearers, including one who held a world record, have been nominated for the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame.

Brian Morrison, formerly of Euroa, and the late Bill Harris, who lived at Taggerty before moving to Merton and then Euroa, will be inducted into the hall of fame at Shear Outback in Hay, NSW, next Easter.

Inductees are selected by a panel of their peers and have to be considered outstanding Australian shearers.

Mr Morrison, now living in Benalla with his wife Judy, claimed a world record for shearing 410 Merino weaners at the RSL Hall in Euroa in 1972.

He accomplished the feat in seven hours and 48 minutes.

Mr Harris, who once lived in Shepparton, will also be nominated.

The other three men are Denis Ryan, David Ryan (no relation) and David Lawrence, from Western Australia.

Mr Morrison grew up in Longwood where he learned to shear and play football well enough to play for Richmond in the VFL, a career he gave up to go shearing at Longreach.

He won the Australian Open shearing title twice.

Mr and Mrs Morrison began a shearing contract business before opening The Wool Bin, a shearing supplies business in Euroa in 1973, which developed into Morrisons of Euroa, a high quality country-style clothing business.

One of Mr Morrison’s four sons is a shearing contractor who lives in Hay. The Morrisons have 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr Harris was known far and wide as ‘Taggerty Bill’ to distinguish him from a cousin of the same name.

He lived at Taggerty on the Acheron River for some years after he married Edna Parker.

He was born in Mansfield in 1913 and tragically lost his father at an early age.

He grew up at Merton before pursuing a 65-year career in the shearing industry.

Mr Harris loved his horses and while at Merton trained, rode and won the Merton Cup in 1940 and 1941.

A non-drinker and non-smoker, Mr Harris was a credit to the industry. His commitment to making any young shearer a better shearer was to make it easier for them.

He died in February 1997 in Euroa. He joins son John as the first father/son inductees into the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place during Easter as part of the Festival of the Blades at Shear Outback.

There will be a dinner at the Hay Services Club on Saturday, April 20.

■For more information, contact Kathy Finn at Shear Outback by phoning (02)69934000 or email: info@shearoutback.com.au