Sally Wearing was born at Bogabri N.S.W. Her
father returned from World War 2 when she was six years old. He
moved to a property near the Queensland
border to farm around 1952, and the family joined him in 1956. Sally
worked on the property for two years, till she turned 17 years old.
Then she enrolled as a nurse.
In 1961 Sally married Bob Wearing & moved to "Milton" in the North Star area. Prickly
pear had to be cleared on the combined Wearing properties in the area, which
covered 30,000 acres and carried 26,000 sheep and 1.000 cattle. Their
two children, Michael and Vivian were born there.
During 1967 Bob & Sally bought a cattle & grain property
"Lexton", in Central Queensland,
between Emerald & Springsure. Crops were wheat, sorghum, sunflowers
& food crops for the cattle. The nearest woman was 20 miles away
& the main road was 25 miles away. Michael had to board at Emerald
to go to school, but when Vivian was of school age, the family decided to
They sold "Lexton " & bought "Tambourine House" in
the Beaudesert /Tambourine area. The homestead was 105 years old
when they bought the property. They took with them, from
"Lexton", 700 cattle, machinery & 50 horses. The decision
to begin a horse stud was settled on, breeding Quarter Horses &
Appaloosas. Bob & Sally bred the first Appaloosa born in Queensland, "Storm Chief" which became a
multi award winner Australia
wide. They held the first cutting competition (selecting a particular
beast & separating it from the mob) in S.E.Queensland, attracting 1,500
people, at the facilities at "Tambourine House ". Bob
developed a heart problem so they decided to buy a smaller property &
concentrate on the horse stud.
A property in the Cryna
Beaudesert was decided upon, so they began the "Shalimar
Stud". They bought three stallions from U.S.A.
to improve the stud's bloodlines. Horse shows were held each year as a
fundraiser for Boystown & on the Saturday night there was a country dance
in an Army igloo, relocated from Wacol camp. Sally had been involved
with Boystown while at "Tambourine House" when her suggestion to
encourage boys to relate to animals proved to be highly successful.
During the time she was involved, runaways from Boystown were non-existent.
In 1981 Bob suffered several major health problems, so "Shalimar"
was sold & they moved to the New England
region in N.S.W. The home was a beautiful old two storey manor house, set in
40 acres of botanical garden.
Bob & Sally relocated to Brendale in 1985 where Bob had a position as
trainer at "Barwing Quarterhorse Stud". They had only been
there for eight days when Bob died as a result of a massive coronary, while
handling a young horse. Sally's nursing training took over, but
it was in vain. The time which followed was traumatic and she
decided to sell some of her horses. To find agistment for her
other horses, she approached the Ray White office at Morayfield. They
not only found suitable agistment, but convinced Sally to take a position as
Sales Consultant. Within six months, she became the top
salesperson for the northern region of Brisbane.
She purchased a home at Morayfield & became involved in Womens Service
Organisations while continuing to work with Ray White for ten years. After
another four years working with Elders, unfortunately, she contracted the Ross River
virus & chronic fatigue syndrome, and on the advice of her doctor, she
decided to resign.
On a visit to her brother & sister in law, in the North Star
area, she learned Quilting & discovered Decoupage, which she still
continues today, doing beautiful work.