On the Sheep's Back is a touring exhibition. If you would like the exhibition to be displayed at your venue, please see expression of interest information below.

Burren Burren: A 1950s Sheep Station

In the 1950s, the wool trade epitomised the Australian way of life. Australia’s export economy rode high ‘on the sheep’s back’.

In this captivating exhibition, photojournalist Francis Reiss documents the life and times of a rural enterprise at Burren Burren, near Collarenebri, New South Wales. Enduring images of Rex White and his family, taken in 1951, offer a glimpse of the 30,000 acres and 5000 sheep that symbolise a successful farm at the height of the wool boom in Australia. 

The ABC's Landline program conducted an interview with Francis Reiss and Senior Arts Officer (Curator) Jacquie Nichols-Reeves regarding On the Sheep's Back. To view it, click on the video below.

Expressions of Interest for Travelling Exhibition

The Whitehorse Artspace's touring exhibitions are designed for a range of venues and audiences including galleries, museums, libraries and small local venues. If you would like to exhibit On the Sheep's Back at your venue, please contact Senior Arts Officer (Curator) Jacquie Nichols-Reeves on 9262 6250 or email jacquie.nichols-reeves@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Dates Available
Current until 2017.


27 framed images to be displayed in approximately 40 linear metres.

Support Material
Catalogues, exhibition captions, information sheet and tour manual.

Public Programs
The photographer and/or curator may be available for a floor talk by arrangement.