The Club began after the launch of Valerie Hobson’s book Across the Board in August 2002. About 300 hundred attended the launch and many had not caught up for 40 or 50 years. A get together was arranged a few months later when it was decided to form a group and start a shearing museum, our own Hall of Fame in Carnarvon was established in 2004 called the Gascoyne Pastoral and Shearing Museum.
Today the group is called the Shearers and Pastoral Workers Social Club Inc with two reunions each year—one at the Bayswater Hotel in May and the main one in November at the Ravenswood Hotel Pinjarra. Both are well attended. Each year there are newcomers. They swap stories again and generally keep the culture alive. Lately younger shearers, some barely 70 and others still working, attend the reunions. More importantly a lot of women also attend.