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Lawrence Museum’s new shed taking shape

Volunteers and committee members of the Lawrence Museum were on hand as a Wicks & Parker crane hoisted the first of several large poles into place, which will form the framework, for their huge new display shed. Image: Lynne Mowbray.

Work began early at the Lawrence Museum on Tuesday morning last week, as a Wicks & Parker crane hoisted large poles into place, to form the framework for their huge new display shed.
The concrete slab for the shed was poured in December 2016 thanks to a generous grant from the Maclean Lions Club and a concerted fundraising effort.
Lawrence Museum publicity officer Roz Jones said that the poles had been individually cut to suit their position in the frame, prior to placement.
“The centre poles are 8m in height, sloping down to 6m at the sides,” said Ms Jones.
“Half of the poles were placed on Tuesday last week, with the crane returning this week to complete the work.
“The next stage will be bracing the poles, adding the wall girds and the beams.
“The majority of the poles were generously donated by Koppers Wood Products and the remainder included the old power poles from Sportsman’s Creek Bridge and Grafton Bridge, which were donated by Essential Energy.
“The shed construction is timber frame, with iron cladding, in keeping with the era of the main [museum] building.
“Local property owners donated some trees, which have been felled and milled to size, for the framework.
Ms Jones said that one of the founding members of the Lawrence Historical Society, Brein Bancroft, arrived to witness the first pole being erected.
“It’s great to see this happening now; it will make a big difference to the Museum,” said Mr Bancroft.
Ms Jones said that the museum volunteers are doing most of the work themselves.
“Many of the materials to be used [in the construction] will be second-hand or recycled materials,” Ms Jones said.
“When completed, the shed will provide around 200sq m additional space for the display and preservation of larger items, such and rural machinery and river vessels.”
The Lawrence Museum is open: Tuesdays 9 -1pm and weekends 1-4pm.