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30.07.2013


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If you haven't been to Mt Surprise or O'Briens Creek before, here are some photos to give you an idea what its like. This is the old tin miners shed at the claim out at O'Brien's Creek where we take people on tour to dig topaz. From the old tin shed we take the track down to O'Briens Creek to were we will be digging topaz. Tropical building - View from the top of Chuck's hilltop in Belize, where he is planning to build. As I said to Chuck I am not and architect, but seeing as I have lived in the tropics for over forty years, tropical building is my thing. Click here and you will see one of my photos from my roof sheeting page, and below is an interior shot of the same place. Don't get me wrong, we can do better than the photo above, but it might help me to get over a couple of points. In the early 1930s a couple of guys with a bullock cart of supplies, a few stock horses and maybe a ton of corrugated iron trekked into what is now Litchfield National park and built this place.
I took the photo of the termite mound say 5 miles from the homestead, termites are all over this area, they are a fact of life here and yet the timbers in the place are original.
What I do know is that they would have used crushed termite mound material to make their floors.
The concrete stumps would have steel hold down bolts cast into them, and then ant caps are fitted over the top of each column.
These are galvanised steel flashings that cover the column and have a say 1" slightly turned down lip all around. What makes this system effective, is that the termites can't or won't build their little mud passageways or tracks over and around these sharp edges. Tropical building - This is the interior of the church, showing the main structural frame set apart from the wall, and the light weight components in the roof structure. The raised floor levels of these tropical buildings gives a certain amount of cooling effect.
When concrete materials were expensive or hard to get, this was the only way to go, apart from the earth or paved floor. Note the windows, timber shutters for bad weather, the lower section is an open timber balustrade, (there are curtains behind it), upper section wide open. The main feature of this type of house is the capacity for cross ventilation taking advantage of the slightest breeze. In the Malay house photo, note the more modern (modern not better) addition at the left, built when presumably other materials became available cheaply.
Here is a list of points that are important to consider, when tropical building, that may not be as important in other regions. Our cyclone building codes are categorised with the strongest being a small coastal strip that will take the most severe winds and also the possibility of a storm surge.
As an alternative to building it stronger, some communities take the opposite course, and build out of cheap easily replaceable local materials.
Now we take the attitude (for right or wrong) that the house itself will be protection enough.
I was reminded of these a couple of weeks ago when I fitted a new lock to an old mate's bathroom.
Chemical systems are still widely used for new house construction, but a couple of the most effective ones, Deildrin comes to mind, have been banned because of health risks. What we have now are reticulated systems of milder chemicals, that require pumping up from time to time. There are also chemical bait systems, where any signs of termite activity near to the house are chemically baited, and the termites carry the bait back to the nest. We did a job once, the lady of the house did a bit of child minding, so she made extra shade by leaning bamboo poles with shade cloth attached, up against the upper level timber stud wall. Heavy materials like concrete, masonry walls, cement and terra cotta roof tiles take a long time to build up heat. You may thinks that's great, but the downside is that they take a long time to dissipate heat also. Lightweight materials act in the opposite way, they heat up quickly but lose the heat as soon as the sun is not directly on them. So if you are going to use brick, blockwork or adobe walls, shade them with awnings or verandahs.


The first house I built for myself had a Monier (cement) tile roof with traditional red coloured tiles. I am now living in a house with a white corrugated iron roof, and a wide verandah on four sides. Chuck mentions that he has access to river gravel for making concrete, which while not as good as crushed graded aggregate has one enormous advantage. I would go for elevated construction on 3" x 3" RHS steel columns at least as high as the Malay house pictured above.
This way if I make my stairs with steel stringers, (timber treads OK) and keep them clear, cap off all the columns, termites would not be a problem.
A concrete slab floor would be possible, but I would be thinking of a 4" high kerb all around the perimeter with a galv. A compromise would be a couple of small areas to provide shelter security with the main area being open. Again with the screening and shutters, maybe only part of the house, just to retreat to when conditions are bad.
I would definitely establish a few trees around the house, but I'd be a bit choosy on what type I plant. If there are any of you out there reading all this about heat and cyclones and mossies and termites you could be wondering to yourself "who the hell would live there"?
When I was into windsurfing I used to sail all year round, any season, no such thing as too cold or too hot. I still swim in a sea lake around dawn, any day of the year, I brought the new year in that way and I hope to do the same for many years to come. My girlfriend was on Yasmin Birth Control during 8 years and for the last year she easily managed to get pregnant. As part of the Biffa Award-funded works at Quorn & Woodhouse the Tin Shed has been fully renovated, the work having been virtually completed in the last few days.
Once cleared of its contents by Graham Bannister and his gang, work began to dismantle the Shed, and all materials which could possibly be re-used were set aside. The Shed is now ready to serve a variety of useful functions in the future – the only outstanding items are the installation of a sink, once a suitable one has been sourced, and the laying of a paved area outside the doors. We shall move on shortly to the construction of a timber platform between the Goods Shed and the siding, which will incorporate a replica Cattle Dock. If you are a Friend of the Great Central Railway, you can access Main Line Xtra which provides additional news, special offers and features. A humble Australian structure, the tin shed isn’t the most obvious accommodation, but designer Raffaello Rosselli has turned an apparently ugly duckling into a swan. Inside is also a very nice place to be, with pine flooring and engineering nous that makes the place into a solid building, much more liveable than a tin shed has a right to be. The Old Tin Shed, residing in a century-old building nestled in the pines just six (6) km north of Bancroft, is the manifestation of a dream. It would have been quite comfy in its day and even now is a welcome respite after slogging it out all morning in the sun digging topaz.
By 10:30 everyone is pretty knackered and tea, coffee, and Pam's famous homemade biscuits and muffins are the go.
Its beautiful bush around here with amazing old pink granite hills which the geologist say are over 300 million years old. Here you can discover the true art of the gemcutter and see just how incredible coloured gemstones can really be.
What I can say is that If I had to be building something like this today I would be asking the locals what is the best timber, and watching what they use and how they use it.
The old church was blown away in a cyclone, and this building that replaced it has survived many cyclones including the devastating Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974. A storm surge is the effect of strong onshore winds pushing up higher sea and tide levels than normal. When a bad blow comes along, they find shelter inland and rebuild or repair the damage afterwards. A few months ago the Tin Shed was in a sorry state, suffering from structural movement, collapse of brick walls, rot in the timber frame, numerous leaks, and a corrugated iron covering which, whilst picturesque, had certainly seen better days. The dwarf brick walls were then rebuilt on proper foundations, using the original bricks, and the timber frame was rebuilt, again using as many of the original timbers as possible. Our thanks must go to R J Webster Ltd and Gary Taylor Electrical Ltd for their excellent work on this renovation, and, of course, to Biffa Award for providing the funding.
Finally, coal staithes will be built near to the Tin Shed, and this will conclude the work which Biffa Award are supporting.


The tumbledown structure as it was had to be taken down and reassembled, and in the process Rossi was able to work the mismatched colour of the panelling that had accumulated over the years into a patchwork quilt effect that softens the appearance of the hard and rusting surface. For an interestingly different city break, Airbnb are offering the studio apartment to rent.
After the purchase of an old and neglected building on a quarter-acre of land in September 2002, the dream began to take shape.
This is a pretty lush spot and during the winter season, from May thru August its quite busy. Its bush camping at its best with all the mod-cons, like that drop toilet in the background. An extensive library of classic, contemporary and unique one-of-a-kind designs, all carefully optimised to bring out the best in each and every gem, are available for you to choose from. The walls and roof were then re-clad with corrugated steel, which has a black finish externally. The panels have been left largely untreated to allow further changes to the exterior over time. Three generations of women (Moryah, her mum Dagny, and her mum Janis) began the long journey of renovations…after, of course, begging and cajoling the men in their lives to do much of the work!The building itself has an interesting history. People setup camp for up to three or four months and each day they get up at the crack of dawn and head off into the hills looking for topaz and they're back by lunchtime before it gets too hot. Doug Menadue, master gemcutter, can personally craft for you a gem, tailored to your individual requirements, that you will be proud to own. Rossi also added some smart steel windows – the shed had none before renovation – and their rust colour but sharp lines reflect both old and new. Although Hastings County records show that the property was donated by Charles Authorson to the Orange Lodge and the structure was being erected in 1908, oral stories pre-date that by at least 7 years.For decades the tin building hosted dances, wedding receptions, Christmas concerts---any number of social events---and was occasionally used as a voting station.
The idea is that topaz, being a heavy stone, works its way underneath big rocks and gets caught in crevices. In a time of so much mass produced clutter and rubbish, to discover something small and precious that demands such a sacrifice of time and attention to detail, is to give hope to the fact that the art of handcrafting beautiful things is not lost to us.
His bathroom, a small compact room with the facilities and small window opening was his designated cyclone shelter, as was common in those days. Many reports have been made of local people playing music (particularly violin and piano) on a stage in the building.There are still many senior residents of the area who could spin a yarn about events in and around this almost forgotten building. From receipts found inside the electrical panel, there is evidence of a car restoration business having been housed in the building sometime in the 1970s. Since that time, it had been used simply as storage for the previous owners (who just happen to be the now-famous musical Fitzgerald family).
Curiosity had been piqued by this time as many were wondering just how The Old Tin Shed would unfold. We are very proud to be a part of the retail community that honours excellence in business. Thanks CGTA!The historic tin building in Bird’s Creek was the home of our very successful business for over 8 years. As we expanded every year…grew to fit our customers’ needs and desires, and to accommodate our eclectic taste, the little eight-hundred-square-foot shop was bursting at the seams.
When attempts to purchase land around our ? acre failed, we made the decision to take what was, for us, a huge leap of faith and look at moving into another and larger historic building in downtown Bancroft.On April 30, 2011, we became the proud owners of the first Catholic Church in Bancroft.
For fifty days straight we worked long hours, renovating the building to fit the plan Dagny had created!
Thanks go to our faithful partners for slaving alongside us to see our dream become a reality.
They had dreamed also of a larger space, but I’m not sure they anticipated what that meant in terms of work beyond the ‘norm.’ But, as a team, we turned our dreams into reality.On August 14, we hosted our GRAND OPENING celebration with ribbon cutting, music, face painting, food, great sales, gifts, draws, our MPP, mayor, councillors, and lots of laughter!
What a wonderful community and faithful followers!To this day, we continue to grow our customer-base as folks find us for the first time. It is so much fun to visit with people from all walks of life and areas of our province, country and globe!
We welcome everyone!On October 24,  2014, The Old Tin Shed was awarded “Business of the Year” by Hastings County. It is a TEAM effort that brings us this notoriety, and we are so very proud of our team.We invite you to join us for an OLD TIN SHED experience!



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  1. Q_R_O_M — 30.07.2013 at 20:31:41
    The shed building seems so good, i wanna forty-60% of the price of buying.
  2. Sevimli_oglan — 30.07.2013 at 15:12:16
    This exterior or by an open window or fan.
  3. AskaSurgun — 30.07.2013 at 13:35:11
    Matching mushy furnishings and lamps from recycled.