A small shearing shed with a big history

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Four generations of the Cummins family got together in the shearing shed for a bit of a chat including (from back, left) third generation Jarrod Cummins with his father Bernie Cummins junior and sister Priscilla Crocker, (front) fourth generation Hermione Crocker with her great grandfather Bernie Cummins senior and her sister Sigourney Crocker. PHOTO: Wendy Hunt

ONE of the district’s oldest shearing sheds is still performing the task it was built for.

More than 150 years old, the shearing shed at Merton Farm has seen shearers ply their trade up to the present day.

The family of current owner Bernie Cummins junior got together to chat to the Courier about their shed and its history.

The first house on the property was probably built in the 1850s or early ‘60s, and the property was called “The Pines”, after the many pine trees which lined the road.

There is speculation that the shearing shed may have been built prior to the house.

The Cummins family’s association with the property began in the 1950s, when Bernie Cummins senior bought the property from the Nolans.

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