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Bonzle users have contributed 5 pictures of Cordillo Downs covering the years from 2008 to 2009:

Picture of / about 'Cordillo Downs' South Australia - Cordillo Downs1 - Cordillo Downs (Contributed by: MalanDi)
Shearing shed Cordillo Downs

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Picture of / about 'Cordillo Downs' South Australia - Cordillo Downs2 - Cordillo Downs (Contributed by: MalanDi)
Shearing Shed

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Picture of / about 'Cordillo Downs' South Australia - Cordillo Downs3 - Cordillo Downs (Contributed by: ZoniferLloyd  9 pictures  )
Taken in the late afternoon light. Cordillo Downs Station is in the far north east corner of South Australia.....not too far from Queensland and is in the Strzelecki Desert. They now run up to 10,000 head of cattle in good years (7,000 at the moment).

The woolshed was built in 1883 and is a significant reminder of Cordillo's historical
contributions to South Australia's wool industry. Like othetr early Cordillo' Station
buildings, it was constructed of local sandstone rubble with a curved, galvanised iron
roof - a form that was self-supporting and dispensed with the need for large wooden
frames. This provided greater interior space, and was an ideal design in a region
with little natural timber.

It boasted 88 stands (recorded as 120 stands by 1890), with a steam-driven press to
compress the wool into bales. The record number of sheep shorn on the property in one season was 82,000 head in 1888 - all with hand shears.

Mechanical shearing began in 1907, when the Federal Sheepshearing Company had the contract to shear Cordillo's 36,000 sheep. A team of 42 men (30 shearers) completed the task in three weeks. The record tally for one man was 187 sheep shorn in one day.

After a scouring plant was installed in 1885, Cordillo Downs wool clip was cleaned
before it was baled and shipped to England. Scouring the wool removed dirt, grease and sand. This reduced the weight by 40% and made it more economical to transport.

The machinery for the scour, which included several large steam engines, was brought up the Strzelecki by wagons. The trip took nine months and two weeks. At Innaminka, to negotiate the rising Cooper Creek, the teamsters had to put 52 bullocks on one wagon and enlist the aid of the local mounted constable. By 1891 the venture was an obvious success, with more than 1,400 bales of scoured wool carted to Farina or Lyndhurst by camel.

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Picture of / about 'Cordillo Downs' South Australia - Cordillo Downs4 - Cordillo Downs (Contributed by: ZoniferLloyd  9 pictures  )
One of the original steam engines used in the scouring plant on Cordillo Downs Station. Cordillo Downs Station is in the far north east corner of South Australia in the Strzelecki Desert.

The machinery for the scour, which included several large steam engines, was brought up the Strzelecki by wagons. The trip took nine months and two weeks. At Innaminka, to negotiate the rising Cooper Creek, the teamsters had to put 52 bullocks on one wagon and enlist the aid of the local mounted constable. By 1891 the venture was an obvious success, with more than 1,400 bales of scoured wool carted to Farina or Lyndhurst by camel.

After a scouring plant was installed in 1885, Cordillo Downs wool clip was cleaned before it was baled and shipped to England. Scouring the wool removed dirt, grease and sand. This reduced the weight by 40% and made it more economical to transport.

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Picture of / about 'Cordillo Downs' South Australia - Cordillo Downs5 - Cordillo Downs (Contributed by: ZoniferLloyd  9 pictures  )
The mens quarters on Cordillo Downs Station. All the old original buildings had rooves made of curved iron because of the lack of wood. Even the underground tank in the foreground has a curved roof.

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