Roofing: Corrugated Iron - Options for Repair

Corrugated iron is an important element in the Australian landscape. Widespread recognition of this importance has led to concern amongst conservation practitioners regarding adequate protection of corrugated iron structures and correct replacement of the material.

Date
1 April 2004
Publisher
Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Maintenance series, Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5452
  • File PDF 46KB
  • Pages 12
  • Name roofing-corrugated-iron-options-for-repair.pdf

Within a few years of corrugated iron being invented and patented in Britain in 1829, it was appearing in Australia: firstly as verandahs ( to protect the English style cottages from the sun ) and then as whole buildings.

During the gold rush of the 1850s, emigrants would arrive in Australia with their dwellings in packing cases in the hold of the ship. Each component would be numbered for easy assembly. Vast numbers of portable houses were sent to Victoria during the gold rush, along with groups of shops, hotels, villas ( including one for Caroline Chisholm) a theatre and three portable corrugated iron churches.