The Wyreema History
John McMaster Jr. (1823-1907)
John McMaster Jr. (1823-1907) was appointed manager of "Rangers Valley" station, in the
Glen Innes region, in 1851 following the drowning death of his father. He managed and
supervised the Oxwald Bloxsome holdings which expanded to "Dundee", "Yarrowford" and
"Whitmore" stations, an area of 215,000 acres between 1851 and 1871.
In 1871 he left Bloxsome's employment and moved to his own property, "Glendon", which
was part of "Wellingrove" station. He was again approached by Oswald Bloxsome Snr and
asked to return to "Rangers Valley" in 1879. He went on to manage all of Bloxsome’s
stations which now included a number of Western properties ("Gournama","Dunumbral",
"Bundabarina" and "New Menigal" — in total 715,000 acres) until 1885 when he purchased
"Croppa" station in the Warialda district.
According to the Glen Innes Examiner, in 1881 John McMaster Jr. travelled to the Riverina
after selling all the sheep on "Rangers Valley" and purchased upwards of 100,000 sheep, of
which 60,000 were breeding ewes from the Learmonths’ celebrated "Groongal" station,
Carrathool. It was on this trip he bought his Kelpie Pup, McMaster's Gwen II.
Robert Norman Alexander McMaster
The next important link in the human chain was Robert Norman Alexander McMaster
(1866-1952) of Doongara, Warialda (childhood home of Gordon). Robert was a nephew of
John McMaster and, in 1908 he carried the McMaster Stud forward. Robert was undoubtedly
the first of his family to try his dogs at Trials and shows, with the record books showing that
a dog named McMaster's Claim was one of the better performers
Stanley Wylde Howes McMaster (1938-1964)
This period, 1938-1964, so far as Wyreema stud was concerned, was the most important
in the 78 years of the life of Stanley Wylde Howes McMaster of Wyreema, Warialda. He
named the Kelpie stud "Wyreema" in 1938 and his achievements in breeding, Trials and
Shows are too numerous to be spelt out here; he started working dogs in Trials on his
return from World War 1, formalized the foundation of Wyreema stud in 1938 and bred an
enviable succession of top animals - including McMaster's Ned by McMaster's Blue. Ned
won 14 Championship Trials and, on one occasion at Tenterfield in 1948, Blue won the
open Trial, Ned was runner-up and third was Peter, a dog bred and worked by the
aforementioned Robert McMaster who was then located at Delungra.
Stanley McMaster's contribution of breeding and working dogs cannot be valued by any
yardstick; his wish, however, that his work be carried on by his nephew Gordon is a true measure of his foresight and unusual instinct for the proper progression of things.