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 (1866-1952)

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.

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