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Description
Steel bale hook with wooden handle polished by use. Hook terminates in a wide, flat, three point tip.
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Livestock Sheep bale hook
Measurements
L250 x W140 x H70 mm
Media/Materials description
Steel, Wood.
Signature/Marks
<on side of handle> 90
06 EDWARDS MSC
24I VAUXHALL RD 06
History and use
This bag or bale hook is a tool used to help in moving bales of wool. A wool bale is a standard sized pack of sheep’s wool compressed by using a wool press. This is the required method of packaging for wool, to keep it uncontaminated and readily identifiable. Wool bales can weigh between 90 and 200kg each. The bale hook can pierce the side of the wool bale and provides a handle for maneuvering the bale from the shearing shed to transport to sales centre to manufacturer.

The production of wool has been an important Queensland industry since the early days of the colony. The year 1840 saw the arrival of pastoralists in the Moreton Bay District and by 1844 there were 17 large squatting runs, and by 1849 some 290,000 sheep. In 2000-2001, 44,607 tonnes of Queensland wool were sold. Today, China is the biggest buyer of Queensland's wool, followed by Taiwan, Italy, the Czech Republic, France and Germany. These six countries received 91 per cent of Queensland's wool exports.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H12382

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