New Roof for Woolmers Pumphouse

The historic Pumphouse building at the World Heritage Listed Convict Site Woolmers Estate has received new roof cladding and structural repairs.


“The Pumphouse is a Gothic style building with pointed arch openings, wide eaves supported on timber brackets and fretted barge boards, built c1840.  It is sited in a prominent location when approaching Woolmers from Longford, beside the Macquarie River.  The building retains its original horse drawn iron pump machinery, manufactured by Braithwaite, Miller & Co., London.  It was still in use during the 1890s, but was replaced by the timber windmill by 1921” (Source; Woolmers, Longford, Conservation Management Plan, Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners Pty Ltd 2009).

The Pumphouse building had an asbestos tile roof that was installed in place of the traditional timber shingles c1950. The asbestos tiles have been removed and replaced with a new folded tray galvanised sheet roofing typical of other roof treatments within the Woolmers Estate.  The galvanised material was chosen as a sympathetic alternative to the traditional timber shingles given the inability to source traditional shingles of sufficient quality to ensure the long-term protection of the heritage structure.

The works have been jointly funded between the Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites 2014-15 Programme, and the Tasmanian Government’s Tasmanian World Heritage Convict Sites Assistance Initiative (2014-15).

Image: Pete Smith


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