This photo shows wool industry representatives gathered for the final Newcastle wool sale in February 2013.
In my History Revisited column in the Armidale Express I looked at the history of wool sales in Newcastle. The posts are:
- History revisited – the shears stop in Newcastle
- History Revisited – NENCO, Newcastle & wool sales part 2
The sale marked the end of an era. Wool selling began at Newcastle because Northern growers demanded it and fought for it. It stopped in the end because the combination of technology with the decline of wool and wool growing made it unviable.