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Old Errowanbang Woolshed was the first woolsheds in the district and is one of the most interesting of the Central West region of New South Wales.
Built stepping down the hillside, Errowanbang Woolshed is unique in Australia in being built over four levels. This creates a complex but highly functional structure where each stage of the shearing and sorting process from penning the sheep to sorting, baling and storing has its own distinctive space.
Boasting 40 stands and the capacity to house 3000 sheep undercover, Errowanbang Woolshed is one of the largest woolsheds in the Central West. Of these stands, 26 have never been adapted for mechanical shearing, providing clear evidence of two major phases of shearing practices in Australia. The original stands retain virtually all of their original fabric providing a clear picture of the working of hand shearing.
Designed by Watts and constructed in 1886, it is one of a number of woolsheds designed by architects in the late nineteenth century.
The quality of workmanship in the construction of Errowanbang Woolshed is of the highest quality. The massive stone piers supporting the trusses of white cypress pine over the sorting area have contributed to the long term stability of the shed.
The penning wings and plunge dip are undercover forming large wings off the centre of the shed. The shed cost £5000 and is believed to have used 5 tonnes of nails and bolts. In 1886 owner Francis Hopkins oversaw 90,000 sheep shorn including those from neighbouring stations in one season.
Old Errowanbang woolshed is still a working shearing shed in a smaller capacity today.
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