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This project is being developed with ongoing assistance
from the Australian National University (ANU) Sustainability and
Heritage Office, Facilities and Services Division. ANU is committed to
the best practice conservation, management and interpretation of its
diverse heritage places and is excited to collaborate with Cockington
Green on this exciting project. Old Canberra House is listed on the
Commonwealth Heritage List (as part of the wider Acton Conservation
Area) and is recognised in the National Trust of Australia (ACT) List of
Canberra House will be the first building constructed in the
Australian Houses Project and is a Centenary of Canberra Project, and
for the first time progress can be followed on our Facebook page. Watch below and follow as the project develops.
Plans and images have been provided The National Archives of Australia and used with it's permission.
One of the first things on the list when constructing a new model is finding plans and Images of the building. With the help of the ANU and plans and images provided by the National Archives, we have a snapshot of the building as it was in 1913.
Once collected, the plans have to be re-scaled and in some cases be re-drawn to allow our model maker to commence work on the moulds that will eventually be the doors, windows and other detail parts that go into constructing a building for our display.
Below are some examples of the re-scaled plans.
Building the Moulds:
Once the planning stage is complete, work can start on making the window, door and other moulds needed for the building.
Window and door moulds are typically made from balsa wood, once the mould or "plug" is made the next step in the mould creating process takes place.
All the window moulds have been created and the Silicone moulding compound has been poured into the moulds. Once the compound sets the window manufacturing production line should start next week.
This is some of the fibreglass matting used to create the sheets that will eventually be the walls and roof of Canberra House
Assembly of the structure:
The outer walls are taking shape, all the windows and doors have been added to the wall sheets. The corners are strengthened inside using fiberglass and resin, once this part of construction is complete work will commence on the roof.
Construction is complete. Canberra House will be on temporary display with our gardens for a short while and will then be used as a promotional vehicle for Cockington Green Gardens.