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Thursday, 22nd September, 2011

GLORY: Trades Hall Trust spokeswoman, Theresa Munday, is relieved that emergency repairs have been completed at the famous building. GLORY: Trades Hall Trust spokeswoman, Theresa Munday, is relieved that emergency repairs have been completed at the famous building.

The Trades Hall, one of Broken Hill’s most historically important buildings, has received a much-needed boost thanks to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

The landmark building, which dates from the 1890s, received a one-off emergency grant of $8000 for the urgent reinstatement of missing downpipes and rain heads - the absence of which contributed to water and termite damage.

“It was quite a serious issue affecting the walls and woodwork of two ground floor rooms,” BH Trades Hall Trust spokeswoman Theresa Munday said.

“The works took about two weeks to complete and could not have been achieved without the generous support of the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and the great craftsmanship of local builders De Franceschi and Sons,” Ms Munday added.

Further works at the iconic site, which was the first privately-owned Trades Hall in the Southern hemisphere, are continuing this week.

“Our next project is painting the exterior woodwork and this will be partially funded by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities,” Ms Munday said.

The foundation stone was laid at Trades Hall in April 1890 but this attempt at construction was thwarted by the miners’ strike of 1892 which swallowed all the unions’ funds.

In 1898 building works began again and the final section was completed in August 1905.

The Trades Hall Trust accepts donations from the public towards the upkeep of the building and anyone interested in contributing should contact the office (8087-5258).

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