83 Years Old and She’s Still Mustering Cattle
BackRoads is an Australian television program hosted by Heather Ewart. The show travels Australia’s backroads visiting remote areas and sharing remarkable, inspiring stories of regular, hardworking folk.
The November 26, 2017 episode visited Corryong in north-eastern Victoria. Heather met Joan Sinclair, one of the region’s most devoted horse and cattlewomen. At 83 years old, Joan is still riding and mustering cattle in the bush. She has lived on the same property since she was a few weeks old. She has married and buried two husbands, and when asked about her current relationship (with her two horses) Joan says, ‘they’re a lot less trouble than men’.
Heather Ewart interviews Ross McKimmie and Doug Sheather. Photo Courtesy – #BackRoads
This episode also includes Heather’s interview with two bush characters Doug Sheather, 86, and Ross “Snags” McKimmie, two old friends who have lived in the high country their entire lives mustering cattle and catching brumbies.
Corryong is located in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains where the film “The Man from Snowy River” was filmed. The movie screenplay was inspired by a poem of the same name by Banjo Paterson first published in 1890. Corryong hosts the annual “The Man from Snowy River Festival” in late March, early April.
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