NOREEN CLARK grew up in Wallacia, a dairying area west of Sydney, New South Wales. During her childhood she knew and admired many excellent working Cattle Dogs and her first dog was the pup of one of them.

Noreen trained first as a Librarian but eventually found this a rather limiting profession. She went on to take BA (Hons) and later MSc (Hons) in Geology from Macquarie University. She found life as a Geologist with the Geological Survey of New South Wales much more to her taste particularly when it involved petroleum exploration in the far northwest corner of the State.

Interest in obedience training drew Noreen into the pure bred dog world in the 1970s,when she acquired her first registered Australian Cattle Dog “Fang” – faithful companion during her degree fieldwork. Noreen bred her first ACD litter in 1982 under the Tirlta prefix. A pup from this litter was to become Aust Ch Tirlta Rexie.