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Mark Bowler paid fees into our bank account and did not forward any contact details.

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December 2017 Journal Amendment

Dear Members,

You are about to receive your copy of the December Journal which unfortunately has some type missing. The results that appear on Page 733 are incomplete due to an error on our part during production.

CLICK HERE for the complete report and list of results from the Australian Plaiters & Whipmakers Association Inc. Australian Plaiting Championships recently held in Glen Innes N.S.W.

We ask that you accept our apologies hoping that with this action all winners , placegetters and sponsors will be rightfully acknowledged.


March 2018 Journal

A reminder that the deadline for contributions for the March Journal is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

We encourage all members to submit articles to be included in this and future copies of the journal by emailing them to our Editor. You can also mail copy to - Editor APWA, P.O.Box 3167, Victoria Point   Q  416

APWA Australian Plaiting Championships - Glen Innes NSW 2017

We had a good weekend at Glen Innes Showgrounds, Glen Innes NSW on Saturday 4th November 2017.

The competition was well supported with 21 members submitting 69 items for judging.Congratulations to all those that entered.

The Tourist Information Centre and the local press did a fine job in helping to promote the event.There were a number of visitors that came to see what we were about.

Members took advantage from Packer Leather being present to purchase skins and hides etc from the great display of goods that they provided.

David Blomfield showed his array of knives, tools and a new edition of a compact splitter that he now has on sale.

Start making plans to be there next year at a similar time.

APWA Australian Plaiting Championships - Glen Innes 2018

Saturday 20th October 2018 is the date we have set. The Showgrounds have been booked so make sure that you plan to be there.

Further details will appear both here and in the journal.

Stanthorpe 2018

We will be gathering at the Stanthorpe Show Grounds at Easter.

On Saturday 31st March 2018 in addition to a competition we will also be conducting a General Meeting and an Annual General Meeting.

Those that intend nominating for a position on the Executive or Committee are reminded that nominations are to be received by 15th March 2018.

Members are encouraged to bring items that they can work on and where possible provide assistance to new members and visitors.

Tea and coffee will be provided, however, members need to provide their own meals - ie self catering.

Nomination and proxy forms together with APWA competition rules are on our website.

Learning to Plait Courses

If you are a visitor to our website and you are wanting to learn to plait there are a number of places that conduct courses in plaiting and whipmaking.

For your information we list the following:

Birdsall Leather - Sydney -  02 9316 6299 -

Cobb & Co. - Toowoomba - 07 4659 4900 -

Community College Northern Inland NSW -

Taubman & Webb Whip & Belt Plaiting Schools

Taubman & Webb will be running weekend whips schools throughout April 2018.

On the weekends of the 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd there will be redhipe whip and plaited belt making schools. One weekend per school. (Three separate schools).

On the weekend of the 28th & 29th there will be an 8 plait roo hide whip with fully plaited steel lined handle school.

All materials, tools and meals are provided. There is limited accommodation at the Spring Valley homestead and cottage.Caravan and camper trailer areas available.

Cost is $300.00 per person payable on booking.

 Anyone interested can contact Richard Taubman:- - PH 02 6384 6224 anytime


Community College Northern Inland Inc. Gunnedah & Warialda NSW.

Courses are conducted by John McMaster throughout the year.For further information contacts are listed below.


On the weekend of 17th & 18th March 2018 there will be a course  on Flat & Round Plaiting and Turks Head Knot tying.

Course details and contact:Lesley Rogers 0429 934 346


Course details and contact: Lena Curran - 02 6742 5630



Australian Stock Saddles

  • Rose Harris (Clermont) -  any condition as long as it shows a maker's mark
  • Kinnear Bulldog Poley stock saddle (Melbourne) -  excellent to pristine condition
  • Cox Poley by Bertie Cox (Miriam Vale)  -  in good condition onwards
  • J R Humphreys (Barcaldine/ Rockhampton)  -  any condition as long as it shows a maker's mark
  • Or any significant stock saddle (hair lined)

Contact details -  Janice Gifford  -  -  07 4664 8778  -  0432 919 485

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If you join or renew mid-year you will receive copies of the journals you have missed for that year.

Renewal reminders appear in each December journal.

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