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The sculpture commemorates Jackie Howe for his achievement in hand shearing 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes at `Alice Downs` station near Blackall.

Jackie Howe was born at Canning Downs station, on the Darling Downs, in 1861. He is known as the greatest shearer who ever lived. In 1892, an Australia wide competition was held to see who was the greatest shearer in the land. Two gold medals were offered as prizes and Jackie was determined to claim both. On 10th October 1892, at Alice Downs station outside Blackall, Jackie set the record for hand shearing 321 sheep in just seven hours and forty minutes. Later he went on to set the machine shearing record of 237 sheep.


Address:Landsborough Highway, Blackall, 4472
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.425
Long: 145.4675
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:10-October-1892
Actual Event End Date:10-October-1892
Artist:Bodo Muche
Monument Manufacturer:Bodo Muche


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 10th October, 1988
Front Inscription

World Champion Blade Shearer

Jackie Howe
(John Robert Howe)

1861 - 1920
Blade shore 321 sheep in 7 hours 40 minutes at "Alice Downs", Blackall on Monday 10th October, 1892.

A tribute to Jack Howe

Presented to the citizens of Australia by the Jack Howe Memorial Foundation.
Jenny Margaret Muir (Nee Howe)
And the Australian Bicentennial Authority.

Unveiled by John Derum on Monday 10th October, 1988.

Sculptor / Founder Bodo Muche

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au