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ASWGA was founded on the dedication of Australian superfine wool growers and joined by visionary global processors and manufacturers.  

The first Super Fine organisation in Australia was founded in Tasmania as the Tasmanian Fine Merino Breeders Association in 1947, to link growers with their overseas customers.  

Upon the success of this organisation, and in the 1960s and early 1970s, ASWGA emerged under the leadership of Arthur Beggs, of Buln Gherin, Beaufort, Victoria, a prominent superfine grower and Board Member of the Australian Wool Board who realised the need for action, given the precarious prospects for the specialty Australian Superfine Merino Wool fibre.

The common ideals of the early organisation, which are still held high today, were:

(i)    The need for an organisation to represent the special qualities of superfine wool;
(ii)   To provide close collaboration with special customers of superfine wool; and
(iii)  To keep the costs of the organisation to a minimum.

Thus, ASWGA emerged as a national organisation with superfine woolgrower members in all Australian states, committed to producing a product of supreme quality. The organisation is unique in that it represents a collaboration of membership of growers and their special global processor and manufacturing members, , while providing a direct link between superfine growers and their customers, and the opportunity to create transparency throughout the supply chain. 

ASWGA governance is comprised of a Council, made up of honorary regional representatives, and  an honorary Executive, who  oversee the implementation of the Council’s policies and decisions.  Administrative support is provided by a Secretariat located in Melbourne, Victoria. ASWGA has recognised as life members, people who have supported the organisation and the superfine Merino industry with significant contributions.

Honorary Life Members

The Australian Superfine Wool Growers’ Association are proud to have presented the following individuals with Honorary Life Membership of the Association as recognition of their highly skilled significant personal contribution over many years of service to the Australian Superfine Merino Wool Industry.

Click on image to read about the achievements of our Honorary Life Members.