Traditions of high country continue

Bruce McCormack sees his role as custodian for generations that follow

HIGH COUNTRY HORSEMAN: Bruce McCormack, pictured with the tools of his trade, is one of the High Country’s traditional men of the land. PHOTO: Wendy Hunt

THE name McCormack is synonymous with the High Country.

Bruce McCormack is part of the fifth generation of a family that has called the area around Merrijig home for nearly 150 years.

He was born in 1958 and like the McCormacks before him, grew up on the property at Merrijig.

The family arrived in Melbourne from County Tipperary, Ireland in 1864.

Sight unseen, they purchased land in the High Country and made the 14 day trip by bullock wagon to their new home in 1866.

The rawness of life in Australia at that time was shown in that trip – one of the family’s daughters fell from the wagon on the way and later died of her injuries in the remote area they now called home.

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