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Tinline Park has a long standing history of sheep production. In the 1850’s the property was owned by successful  South Australian pastoralist , Alexander Borthwick Murray  together with his brother John Murray from Mount Crawford who founded the Murray Merino Flocks. Tinline Park was used as a grazing out station for production of these sheep.  Alexander Borthwick Murray also know as AB, married twice. Following the death of his first wife  Charlotte Scott he moved to Tungkillo and establish Borthwick Brae Homestead, which included the farming land of Tinline Park as it is today. In 1857 AB Murray put mourning aside to remarry ; providentially, Margaret Tinline. Margaret was the sister of shrewd financier George Tinline colonial manager of the Bank of South Australia. AB Murray  flourished – no doubt partly on sound advice from his brother in law. Hence the name of the property Tinline Park in honour of AB Murray’s second wife. Eventually AB Murray departed for a stately new home at Magill leaving his eldest son John to control the farming business at Tungkillo.

In 1959 Marcus Lodge a business man in Adelaide purchased the property from the Murray family in order to entice his third daughter Jill Cameron and her New Zealand husband, Richard Cameron back to Australia. They dutifully returned and took up farming the property, firstly building a home stead on Murray Hill which boasts a wide terrace with superb vistas of the Murray Plains. Richard Cameron began to purchase Corriedale sheep, a breed well suited to New Zealand farming but certainly not a traditional breed for Australian conditions. In 1980 Richard Cameron saw that the merino was better suited and with the help of his only son William (Bill) Cameron they made the change to medium merino breeding.

sheepToday Tinline Park is owned and run by William (Bill) Cameron and his wife Annette Cameron (nee Grenvold). Whilst they do not make claim to being a merino stud Bill and Annette pride themselves on the exceptional quality of their wool. Their focus is on producing a fine to medium, (16.5 to 19.5 micron) with exceptional spinning qualities so that the garment can be worn close to the skin. A strong pool of genetics from Wallaloo Park  Victoria and Glenlea Park, SWM and Rosebank in South Australia has enabled the producer to have such quality. In 2012 some of Tinline Park superior wool clip was chosen by a wool buyer on behalf of Qantas as part of a companion to promote merino wool  specifically to be woven for the new Qantas uniform for 2013.

Over the last 25 years Tinline has diversified it’s farming practices. It’s operations include the running of Angus beef and prime lambs but the main focus is maintained on the wool production. Some cropping and hay is achieved mainly for farm use .Their  passion for landcare has been evident in the appearance of the property with improved vegetation over the years with the community based Tungkillo Landcare Group.

The partnership between Bill and Annette is of the principle that they are only custodians of the land and it is imperative that they create footprints and opportunities to leave for the next generation for the better.