This building was built in the 1800's and gives us a glimpse into early colonial "wool" days of Australia. It was purposely built as a kitchen and mess for traveling shearers. It has 2 rooms. One with a large table that could seat around 20 men (easy) and the other is the kitchen...
See in the image there is a fire place in the centre and 2 blue stone sections. The fire place originally contained a large combustion oven (see image below) and the blue stone sections contained 2 HUGE dome ovens that would put any modern day pizza oven to shame.
Can you just imagine, a stinking hot day, having to feed a load of hungry shearers and cooking in a room with 3 fires? You have to take your hat off to a shearers cook......they did (and still do) an amazing job!
And of course....every mess requires a block. Nothing like chopping the head off a chook or two.
Love to You and Yours. Leonie xx