The NSW Country Division of the Australian Institute of Architects organised a special opportunity to visit two historic woolsheds rarely open to the public. The event was held 20 November 2015.
Showcasing these purpose built structures, the event highlighted how these buildings form a significant part of regional Australia’s architectural heritage and explored their construction, conservative and importance, including possibilities of adaptive reuse.
Deeargee Woolshed is a unique octagonal timber shed built on brick pillars supporting a spec tactual three-tiered, glazed clerestory roof on a surprisingly slender timber frame. Designed by Alexander Mitchell and built in 1872, it is one of the oldest and largest woolsheds in Australia still in operation. The Deeargee property owners kindly offer their woolshed for the November ArchiMEET, which was followed by dinner, showcasing local New England produce at the Boorolong Woolshed.
Boorolong Woolshed formed a central part of the original 140 000 acre Boorolong Station purchased by Matthew Henry March in 1840. This has since been subdivided and sold, but the woolshed continues to provide a meeting place for the local community.
Often disused and neglected, these buildings deserve to be recognised, celebrated, and recorded.