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Zweep, Martin
The murtoa stick shed new life for a wheatbelt cathedral
16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference: Conserving Our Heritage - Make a Difference!
Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2011, pp. 190-202

Built as one of a small number of emergency grain storage facilities during the Second World War, the Murtoa No1 Grain Store, more commonly known as the Murtoa Stick Shed, is the last remaining building of its type. It is considered to be the largest timber framed shed in Australia. The building has been unused since 1989 and has progressively deteriorated while a new use was being sought. The Heritage Council of Victoria have recently funded conservation works to repair the building. The paper will examine the issues that have complicated undertaking conservation works in the past and will discuss the factors which caused the specific failure of structural members. The methods used to repair the building will be illustrated and the difficulties associated with finding a reuse for the building given its size, structure, isolation and location within a working grain receival site.

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