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On the station
From the late 18th century, European settlers, together with their sheep, cattle and horses, spread inland across the Australian continent, occupying tracts of grazing land.
On pastoral stations, horses became indispensable for moving flocks and herds across open country, mustering animals for shearing or slaughter, patrolling property boundaries and recovering lost or stolen livestock.
By the late 19th century, the hard-riding, whip-cracking stockman – and his tough bush horse – had become a symbol of national identity.
Explore some of the stories and objects
Used by brumby runner Charles Carter in the Snowy Mountains from the 1930s.
Miss Faithfull's side-saddle
Used by Constance Faithfull on the prosperous Springfield sheep station in the 1890s.
Wooden rocking horse
Andrew Gibson's first steed, from the 1920s.