Wool brokers gear up to celebrate their centenary

Wool brokers set to celebrate their 'ton'

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SELLING IN 1950: The buyers gallery at wool sales in Sydney in 1950 at a time when prices went through the roof.

SELLING IN 1950: The buyers gallery at wool sales in Sydney in 1950 at a time when prices went through the roof.

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The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers will celebrate its centenary with a special auction and cocktail party in Melbourne early next year.

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The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia is gearing up to celebrate its centenary early next year.

It was established in December 1919 and held its first meeting in January 1920.

Wool brokers continue to play a pivotal role in Australia's wool auction system.

The centenary of NCWSBA will be marked in February 2020 with a special auction on Thursday, February 20, followed by a cocktail reception.

TALKING WOOL: Chairman of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers, Anthony Dunstan, talks with the president of the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation, R.V. Sewell, in 1968.

TALKING WOOL: Chairman of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers, Anthony Dunstan, talks with the president of the Australian Wool and Meat Producers Federation, R.V. Sewell, in 1968.

The auction will have limited volumes and be held at 120-138 King St, Melbourne.

The four-storey building housed the Melbourne Wool Exchange which held auctions there until 1972.

It was also the location of the first NCWSBA board meeting in January 1920. It is currently the Melbourne campus of the Australian Institute of Music.

The cocktail reception will be held in the Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto.

One of the two buildings which make up the Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto was previously known as the Wool Exchange Building and was the location of the first amalgamated wool exchange and incorporated an auction hall which brought together all the Melbourne wool sales.

FORMER CHIEF: Back in 1982 Malcolm North was chairman of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers.

FORMER CHIEF: Back in 1982 Malcolm North was chairman of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers.

The other building housed offices for wool warehousing and broking companies, including Strachan & Bostock.

For a period in the early 1900s it housed the offices of the Melbourne Woolbrokers Association

The cocktail reception will feature a charity auction of suit lengths and active wear. All monies raised in the charity auction will be donated to the Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation.

The current president of the NCWSBA is John Colley and executive director is Chris Wilcox.

NCWSBA started preparing for the centenary in 2013 when it started a project to preserve the historical record of catalogues, journals, pamphlets and other ephemeral material held by each of its member companies.

As a whole, these collections are the wool broking industry's legacy to pass on to future generations of Australians.

The inventories and photographs contain an abundance of important historical material. The earliest date is 1882.

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