The restoration of Duntroon’s Nicol’s Blacksmith is beginning to shape up, with the building work finally finished.
Duntroon and Districts Development Association Secretary Mike Grey said while things were taking a long time they were beginning to take shape.
“It’s pleasing to see things are slowly falling into place.”
While it’s taken a while to get to this stage it’s open to the public and has been attracting regular viewers.
“It’s hardly set up, we only have a very small collection of artefacts on display for people but it’s open to the public, and has attracted a good amount of viewers which is great.”
It could be at least another six months before they get more artefacts in place.
“We are currently trying to raise funds to help us install a sprinkler system into the building so we have protection if fire strikes,” he said.
With the building now strengthen for Earthquakes and getting fitted to tackle fires Mr Grey said he’s confident the Blacksmiths can remain open for another 100 years.
“Once everything is finished we’re confident it’ll last another 100 years.”
Once the money had been raised and the sprinkler system all set up then they can move on to setting up all the artefacts inside.
Mr Grey said they have plenty of things ideas of attracting visitors once it’s set up.
“We will look to hold maybe a car show of some sort or something that is going to show off all the different artefacts at the Blacksmiths,” Mr Grey said.
Overall he’s happy with how it’s turned out and is hopeful that later in the year there will be plenty of people in to view the Blacksmiths once officially opened.
By Brayden Lindsay
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Nicol’s Blacksmith in Duntroon. Fundraising is now under way to install a sprinkler system.