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Guide to Tocal

Silos

There are three underground brick silos on Tocal probably built in the late 1830s to store grain. They are unusual in that they are bottle-shaped and constructed of dry laid, hand made bricks. The base of the silo is approximately 3 metres across and rises to form a narrow entrance.

They are the only cluster of their kind on private land in Australia. Two silos retain their original shape while one has been modified to an open cylindrical pit – for reasons unknown.

The silos probably fell into disuse in the 1860s when wheat was no longer successfully grown in the area due to disease. By this time, materials such as galvanised iron were used to construct sheds and granaries.

photo of silos