Teebar Woolshed

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Ian Stehbens on December 18, 2014

Teebar began as a sheep station owned by Henry Corfield, switching to beef cattle during the subsequent period that John Eaton owned the property. His leading stock men including John Chapman (1860s), Tom Chapman (1870s) were drovers who took herds from Teebar to Adelaide via the Balonne and Darling Rivers across the Barrier Range, through the southern Flinders Ranges to the Adelaide market. Another of his drovers was Jacob Heinrich Stehbens. It is suspected, that Jacob may have operated the camp wagon, going ahead of the herd each day to the next overnight camp. The basis for this possible role was that Jacob was a horse teamster both before his employment by Eaton as well as in later life, though Eaton first employed him because of his horsemanship. He was an excellent horseman, and may well have been directly droving the stock also. The second basis for the possibility is that on his last droving trip, Jacob was accompanied by his wife and children.

Drovers were well paid, and their pay included an incentive based on a percentage of the number of stock delivered to market.

Jacob Stehbens after droving, used his pay to buy land on Pine Creek near Riverton, South Australia. Here he farmed for a few years, finally selling up and setlling at Edithburgh, where he took up a horse team carting salt from the lakes to the wharf.

It is also known that Tom Chapman drove cattle south to either Deniliquin (for the Melbourne and goldfields market) or to the Sydney market. Teebar wasn't the only station sending cattle to the Adelaide market in those days, for cattle from as far north as Valley of the Lagoons on the upper Burdekin River also arrived in good condition at the Adelaide markets.

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