11 Mar 2010

New book tells history of NZ shearing industry

10:31 pm on 11 March 2010

A book documenting the history of New Zealand's shearing industry from the 1850s to present-day world record holders has been launched.

Shear Hard Work, written by historian and former wool classer Hazel Riseborough, was launched last week during the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the country's premier shearing and woolhandling event, the Golden Shears.

Eastern Bay of Plenty fine wool classer Diane Chilcott, who helped Ms Riseborough with aspects of the book, says it is centred around the evolution of the shearing and wool industries.