Founded in 1834, Henry Dangar bought the land now known as Gostwyck from a Pastoralist named of Edward Gostwyck Cory. The work that started in that sparsely inhabited area 181 years ago on the New England tablelands is continued today by the 5th and 6th generations of direct descendants of Henry Dangar and his wife Grace.
Gostwyck’s history is a story of resilient and innovative people, changing landscapes, developing wool and increasing sustainability. Every generation to have worked the property took up the challenges facing them in their time.
Our challenges today are to implement sustainable grazing practices that will benefit the environment, improve our ecology and provide the best welfare and health possible for our sheep.
From merino wool to Ultrafine Merino
Gostwyck Merino has evolved into a fibre that is finer than cashmere, and has retained the key characteristics that are special to Saxony merino. Henry Dangar went to Saxony (Germany) in 1854 and bought 28 rams to found the Gostwyck stud. He sent them to Australia in the care of 2 shepherds who later stayed on and made a new life in Australia.
The Saxony sheep are famous for high curvature, length and brightness. These are some of the qualities that give natural elasticity, even dyeing and processing performance. Over the past 30 years, Gostwyck Merino has focused on producing total comfort next to skin. This quality is now measured and supported by tests from the WoolComfort Meter where Gostwyck Merino scores at the very top of the Comfort spectrum.