Restoration of Duntroon blacksmith building going well

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The Nicols Blacksmith Historic Trust is holding a scrap metal appeal to help raise funds for the restoration of the Nicols Blacksmithbuilding in Duntroon.

The building has been closed since the early 1970s and it was set for demolition, but five locals farmers bought the building and decided to restore the building and give it a bit of a makeover.

Nicols Blacksmith Historic Trust chairman John Hore said he is happy with how things are taking shape.

The work on restoring the building to a point where customers are allowed to visit and see the items the museum will have available is well underway and it’s hoped it will be opened for viewing within 12 months.

The fund-raising for the building has taken place over the last four years and started with a coin trail fundraiser, and many other events as well as significant help from the Lotteries Commission which donated $120,000.

“The public in this area and people in who used to live in Duntroon have been incredibly generous in there support for the building and us trying to get it up and running,” Mr Hore said.

The $220,000 gathered through fund-raising is set to be more than enough to cover the restoration, but Mr Hore said it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“We could use less, but with $220,000 we feel we will have enough and will successfully get the building tided up.”

They have a three month time frame for work to restore the building and are about a month into it so far.

“I’m happy with how everything is going and confident we can get it done in time.”

Secretary Mike Gray said he was pleased with how everything is on track.

“It’s all going really well, it’s a bit of a hassle trying to get an old building up to scratch again, but we are confident we can do that.”

The Scrap Metal fundraiser will take place on the July 4 , 5 and 6.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY