Meet Rohan the bullocky
HE might be one of the few remaining bullockies left but Gleneden's Rohan Morris said he intends to continue his unusual trade for many years to come.
What began as an interest in traditional bush crafts at the age of 12 soon became a part-time hobby of driving bullocks after years of learning the trade.
"I really wanted some Clydesdales but that required money and I didn't have any," he said.
This problem was solved when he learnt that there was to be a bullocky, John Matskows, and his bullock team featured at the Gayndah Orange Festival in 1995.
After the parade, Mr Morris sought Mr Matskows out and from then on began training and learning from him on his Rosslyn Station near Mt Perry.
Since then, Mr Morris has gradually built up his knowledge and the size of his team.
Two bullocks became four, then eight, then more.
His bullocks have travelled the country with him, to Withcott and Crow's Nest and all the way down to Jindabyne, where he lived for some time in the Snowy Mountains.
Mr Morris and his bullocks have also made regular trips to the annual heritage festival at the Jondaryan Woolshed.
Now 32, he is back at home on the family farm near Gayndah and keeping his bullocks busy drawing logs from the bush, moving gear about the farm and giving displays to interested groups who visit.
"Like any working animal, you have to have work for your bullocks or there is no point having them," he said.
"It's pretty hard work driving bullocks in the bush and it would be easy to get hurt if you weren't keeping on your toes."
Like his mentor Mr Matskows, he said he was happy to pass on his skills and knowledge and would love to hear from people who have bullock team stories or information to share.
Contact details and more information about Rohan's bullock team and Australian bullock teams in general can be found at www.glenedenbullockteam.com.au.