Histroical centre's bid to preserve woolshed records

AMBITIOUS PROJECT: Marsden Rural History Centre’s Jeff McSpedden, Edmund Suttor, Russell Moor, Ray Miller, Diana and Gill Bailey-Wright are hoping to start preserving records of the state’s most significant woolsheds. Photo: STEVE GOSCH         0617sgshear

AMBITIOUS PROJECT: Marsden Rural History Centre’s Jeff McSpedden, Edmund Suttor, Russell Moor, Ray Miller, Diana and Gill Bailey-Wright are hoping to start preserving records of the state’s most significant woolsheds. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0617sgshear

THE Marsden Rural History Centre has launched an ambitious project to preserve records of the state’s most significant woolsheds.

Centre president Russell Moor said the project Woolsheds: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow aimed to preserve records of woolsheds before they were lost to the ravages of time.

“So many of these sheds are not used today, but have played a significant and fairly important role in our history because they’ve produced the money that was used to build our homesteads,” he said.

“The Marsden Rural History Centre intends to create a register of old sheds, and we encourage those who are in possession of these sheds, or who have access to them, to take it upon themselves to document them.”

To further assist with this project, the centre has put together a DVD presentation taken from research already carried out on a number of significant woolsheds throughout NSW, including Molong’s Gamboola.

These DVDS, along with registry forms, will be distributed to different history groups and organisations throughout NSW, with the results to be researched, recorded and published right here in Orange.

To assist with the promotion of this new project, the Marsden Rural History Centre will hold a special presentation at Orange Art Gallery’s west room on July 12 from 2pm.

“Over the years we have evolved a simple method of recording plans of sheds and this will be covered in the presentation,” Mr Moor said.

“This project would be of interest to all those who follow history, and is a great chance for them to find out what the Marsden Rural History Centre is all about.”

Cost for the event will be a gold coin donation, with all money raised going towards the project.

Mr Moor said if anyone would like to register their woolsheds, or has any information that may be useful, they should contact the Marsden Rural History Centre on 6360 2123.

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