The 1891 shearers’ strike is just one consequence of the many pressures applied to the wool industry which has been in decline since Hargreave’s invention of the spinning jenny. some of these pressures include:
- the mechanisation of weaving through the use of power looms,
- the mechanisation of shearing through the introduction of powered hand pieces and the introduction of wide combs,
- the decline in the demand for wool to cloth armies against severe winters,
- the introduction of alternative clothes made of cotton and synthetic fibres and
- the periodic government regulations applicable to the selling of wool.