He estimated 40 shearers, aged 20 to 60, took part, with a support crew of woolhandlers, pressers, sheep-draggers, musterers
and cooks operating out of three woolsheds.
Southern Discoveries is offering three excursions including the Merino Woolshed experience, 4WD Musterers
Safari and High Country Walk.
Once that vital decision has been taken, it's time to call in the musterers.
And this year's sun-drenched effort witnessed a group of seven musterers and their 20 dogs coming together from all over New Zealand.
A robust, good-natured troop aged between 16 and 60, the musterers arrive each year to merge with the station's shepherds, each flanked by his pack of three to eight work dogs.
To achieve this, musterers work in beats; the top beat might leave the hut as much as three hours before the muster commences in order to climb to 'the tops', many of which are twice the height of Ben Nevis (for which a high-country musterer takes the precaution of bringing not ropes, crampons or a GPS, but a hill stick hacked from a manuka bush).
But come Saturday, he lines up with miners and cattle musterers
to defend Katherine's rugby honour.
The maintenance grading was initially permitted by the MacLachlan family, who first became aware of the logo when their sheep musterers
stumbled across it (MacLachlan, 2003).
For a time, this newfound status as accomplished cattle musterers
allowed Aboriginal men in this region to maintain a relationship with their traditional country and to demonstrate knowledge of that country to white people, thereby gaining a sense of power and agency in the face of much government domination and control.
In the financial strictures of the 1990s, which brought many stations to the brink of bankruptcy (and pushed some into it), 'live in' stockmen have been replaced, increasingly, by roving teams of contract musterers. However, stockworkers and station managers are still the backbone of the pastoralist sub-culture which first colonised the Australian interior and remains one of its largest land-holding groups.
Today many stations rely wholly on contract musterers and fencers for even shorter stints, keeping only a skeleton staff at the station for longer periods.
He was on the literary staff of Hermes for three years and in 1923 won the `Knyvett' Memorial Sketch Prize, valued at one guinea, with a piece entitled `The Musterers
' Cook' based on his experiences in the outback.