The woolscour at Blackall in far western Queensland was the last steam-driven woolscour to operate in Australia, ceasing operation in 1978. The utilitarian timber and iron buildings which housed the machinery were in poor condition and likely to collapse before stabilising works were carried out (1998) and a secure route established through the complex to allow visitors to visit in safety.
Guided tours are now given through the massive woolscour, Interpretive material along the route explaining with the help of local guides the processing and wool handling from shearing, washing, drying and baling. The project involved many forms of conservation action to ensure the buildings survival and provide a fascinating insight into the history of the region. The reconstruction of the chimney from the steam boiler forms an important landmark for the site. The project is ongoing.
RAIA Conservation Award 2003
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