photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
Since there have been a couple of posts about sheep this week, I thought that I’d add this photograph from the Tyrrell Collection. In the days before lawn mowers sheep were popular pets. They could be employed for grass control and at the same time this meant that they cost little to feed. Their docile natures made them safe for children.
According to Pet Pages, sheep are often thought of as being unintelligent but they can recognise individual faces – both of other sheep and of people – and remember them. They are also capable of learning to recognise their name and can be trained to walk on a halter
The little girl and her lamb have been dressed carefully for the photographer, the lamb sporting a bow around its neck similar to the one worn by its carer.
Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian
Photography by unattributed studio, Tyrrell Collection
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