The Stick Shed

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“It resembles a giant , serene cathedral of tall unmilled timber poles. From certain angles within, the wooden support poles resemble a forest of trees. This sense of awe and wonder makes this interior space one of the most impressive in Australia.”

We have recently been on a road trip in the north western part of our local state, Victoria. One of the aims of our trip was to visit some of the silo art in that region as we had seen one silo on a previous trip we had done.IMG_9790

The map shows you the various silos on this particular silo trail although we did visit other silos.  There are no silos at Murtoa, where the stick shed is as the grain is now stored in bunkers alongside the railway track.

The stick shed is a must visit if you are anywhere near this part of the country. 

IMG_9708The sense of awe as you enter the tin shed is amazing.

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The size is difficult to explain but to take the information from the brochure it is “the length of five Olympic swimming pools.”

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The floor was concrete covered which helped in the prevention of vermin infestation.

IMG_9707Some of the poles had supports in the form of bow trusses to help prevent further warping of the pole and help strengthen them.

The Murtoa Grain Store was constructed in 1941 as a solution for grain storage during the World War II wheat glut, when wheat exports were restricted.

“The shed was built from 560 unmilled poles or “sticks” (56 rows of 10) dto support the corrugated iron roof of the shed.The shed is about 270 metres long, 60 metres wide and about 19 metres high along the ridge.  The roof and walls are of corrugated iron painted ferric red.”

It was interesting to see that something from the past in rural Australia had been saved by the pressure of concerned members of the community when the shed was deemed no longer economical.  Through their lobbying and with the raising of funds the shed was put on the Australian Heritage list and was saved for future generations to enjoy.

There is a terrific website for the shed where you can read all about it in much more detail.

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