The Post War Wool Boom

The Post War Wool Boom
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125 million sheep are spread across Australia. 90 thousand tons of lamb and 3 million tons of wool are exported annually. Australia truly rode to prosperity on the sheep’s back.

The Post War Wool Boom is an excerpt from the film Men and Mobs produced by the Department of Information for the Commonwealth Department of Commerce and Agriculture in 1947.

A DVD containing this clip can be purchased from the NFSA's online shop.

Men and Mobs: Sheep and the Australian economy cannot be separated. Men and Mobs relates the growth of Australia’s flocks, starting with the few Spanish merinos that John Macarthur mated to the progeny of Indian sheep brought out by founder Captain Philip. Using song and anecdote, the film builds up the story of the men and mobs of sheep that provide fleece for our textile mills and materials for clothing a nation.

National Film Board