Blackall Woolscour, Blackall

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Blackall Woolscour is a heritage-listed wool scour at Evora Road, 4 km northeast of Blackall, Queensland, Australia. It was built from 1908 to 1920s circa. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
The Blackall Woolscour, a collection of large sheds containing shearing and scouring equipment built for the Blackall Proprietary Woolscouring Company, commenced operations in 1908 at a cost of about £20,000. Situated 4 km outside Blackall adjacent to the newly opened branch railway line the scour continued to operate until its closure in 1978.
Wool scouring, one of the methods for cleaning impurities from wool after shearing, began as an alternative to sheep washing in Australia (e.g. Beaconsfield Station Sheep Wash) in the 1840s and had almost replaced it by the 1890s. Initially scouring was done by manual methods such as pot and stick or hand box, but by the early 1890s steam driven mechanised scouring dominated the industry.
In Australia the large mechanical scours were generally located in the major urban centres. Western Queensland was the exception with the construction of mechanical scouring plants in Charleville, Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Julia Creek, Richmond, Maxwelton and Alba near Hughenden between the late 1890s and the early 1920s. Of these Blackall scour is the only one to remain intact and was the last to cease operating.
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  • A must see on your way thru, 4km out of town this building built and beautifully restored with the history told by your tour guide, takes about an hour but well worth the investment of time  more »
  • The woolscour is a must visit - a trip back in time presented by people who grew up in the industry. The restoration allows future generations to imagine the time past. The guide Bob Wilson is a real ...  more »
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  • Friendly staff and tour guide. Well worth the money. This place relys on tourists to keep it open as it is an important piece of history. Amazing.
  • Totally worth a visit to step back in time. Great way to spent the afternoon. Tour was very informative.

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