Woolshed at Old Errowanbang

Woolshed at Old Errowanbang, 70 kms south of Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The heritage listed shed, which dates from 1886, is still in use. It was designed by an architect called Watts and is one of a number of late-nineteenth-century sheds designed by architects.

The shed is unique in that it is constructed on four levels, all of which can be operated separately depending on demand. From the exterior these levels are clearly seen as distinct wings radiating from a central control room. The large complex has 40 shearing stands, of which 26 have never been adapted for mechanical shearing.

The land at Old Errowanbang, along with six other properties, was granted by Governor Darling in 1826 to William Lawson (1774-1850), an Englishman, who in 1813 with Gregory Blaxland and William Charles Wentworth first found a way across the Blue Mountains from Sydney to the rich lands around Bathurst. Not far from Errowanbang is the historic village of Carcoar. Gazetted in 1839, it is the oldest settlement, after Bathurst, beyond the mountains.

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Last modified 22 October 2010