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Large rectangular wooden wool-sorting table


Large rectangular wooden wool-sorting table

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Physical description

Large rectangular wooden wool-sorting table. The side rails of the top are dovetailed at the corners, where the four legs are bolted to them and braced on both sides with diagonal wooden beams. It has numerous parallel wooden dowel rails spanning the top in alignment with the short sides, and two metal rods under the wooden dowels brace the two long sides to each other.

Statement of significance

The Richard and Caroline Forster Collection comprises a large wool table and a corn drill. The wool-table was installed in the woolshed on Willows, near Cootamundra, by the Forster family in 1960 and remained in use until 1973. The corn drill was used on Murrindale, a small property at Castle Hill, by Robert Crawford from the 1930s and subsequently by his son-in-law William Dent, also on a property at Castle Hill.

The stories of the above two farming families - linked by the marriage of Caroline Dent to Richard Forster - contain several elements reflecting the history of family farming in Australia, the factors which have shaped family farming and how these are changing, the effects of family farming on the physical environment, and the role and influence of governments on family farming. These are issues relating to three of the themes within the National Museum's Collection Development Policy - 'Interacting with the Environment', 'Making Economies' and 'Building Australia'.

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