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Blacksmith's shop

We believe this is one of the oldest blacksmith shops in Australia. The building probably started life as a stable, indicated by the three doors along the front and the mortices in the posts to separate the bays into stalls.

The blacksmith was an essential craftsman on properties like Tocal. He manufactured many items including horseshoes, chain hooks and hinges. He would sharpen ploughshares and mattocks, and fire-weld broken pieces of machinery.

Several of Tocal’s assigned convict servants were blacksmiths and it is possible they worked in this building.

The blacksmith’s shop is still used to fashion items for conservation work at the Homestead. The large braces in the Visitors Centre were fabricated here.

photo of blacksmith's shop