A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Z is for Zinc
Zinc coated iron, or corrugated iron, is/was a staple and iconic building product in Australia. It was mostly used for roofing and water tanks but sometimes entire buildings were constructed from this versatile material ( click here to see some examples I found in Emmaville) . This old abandoned cottage in Hillgrove was part of Robert Sharp's blacksmith yard. Sharp came to Hillgrove from Ballarat in the mid 1880's and eventually became the mayor in the early 1900's. Sharp's blacksmith yard operated until the 1920's.
Hillgrove's mining boom ended in the 1920's and it's population rapidly declined. Some of the buildings were dismantled and moved into nearby Armidale. In the Great Depression, with building materials expensive or scarce, this process speeded up. It was a similar story in many of the declining mining towns of New South Wales, like Hill End in the Central West. I wonder if this process will occur again when the great mining boom of the early 21st century comes to an end and all those 'new' towns in Western Australia and Queensland begin to loose their populations?