A sharp history

Without reminding, heritage tends to slip into obscurity so it is with news and dates of the Murrurundi Sheep Dog trials it is appropriate to remember one of the town’s not so distant leaders, John Sharp.

First things first, the 2018 Murrurundi and District Sheep Dog Workers Association has announced this year's trials will be run on Murrurundi’s Wilson Memorial Oval from Saturday April 21 through to Monday (April 23).

The prize of the day will be Mr and Mrs John Sharp Perpetual Memorial Trophy plus an individual trophy for the dog scoring the highest points in a single run in the first round of the Open Trial.

The skill and discipline exhibited is awe-inspiring and a lesson to dog-owners from pets to working animals.

And of course the Kelpie and Border Collie are the favourite breeds — the latter getting the most pats and treats from both male and female onlookers.

John was the son of Frank Leonard Sharp who was born in Murrurundi on June 27, 1890 and educated at Murrurundi School.

His first job was apprenticed to W Snashall.

His first claim to fame was bringing the first Dodge truck to the township which earned him a nickname for the rest of his life “Sharp the Carrier.”

He was a prolific sportsman and helped establish the Bowling Club and the Golf Club. It was during this period he became the first life member of the Sheep Dog Association.

In 1984 his work earned him life membership to the Bushman’s Carnival Association.

In later years he became heavily involved in the Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children which also earnt him life membership by the Royal Blind Society.

For many years at Christmas he distributed coins to children in the street and donated the street light outside the Museum building.

He died in Quirindi hospital on Sunday May 26, 1985.



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