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Restoration of Freycinet's historic Cooks Hut


Volunteers from Friends of Freycinet and Parks and Wildlife Service staff spent the weekend celebrating the end of the restoration of historic Cooks Hut on the Freycinet Peninsula, following a working bee last week.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Region manager Chris Colley said the volunteers brought skill and dedication to the job, which included carpentry work, roofing, gutter and downpipe repairs, general cleaning of the hut and re-pointing of stone walls.

"These volunteers have developed an incredible passion for working on historic buildings on isolated islands and along with their considerable skills such as plumbing and carpentry, have also developed expertise in conserving historic structures," Mr Colley said.

"Projects such as these simply wouldn't be possible without the contribution of volunteers such as the Friends of Freycinet."

Last week's efforts built on last year's five-day working bee which made a great start in conserving the historic hut that was built by graziers in 1885.

Before restoration began, the hut was in danger of collapse with the walls leaning and the roof slowly sinking in.

Tasks this time included building a front verandah for the hut, re-cladding the rotted rear wall, re-pointing crumbing mortar and lime-wash on the inside walls, completion of roofing and flashings, applying linseed oil to all timber surfaces, construction of new tank stands and repairs to guttering and downpipes.

The working bee culminated on Saturday with a community visit to the hut by local residents to celebrate the restoration works and the early pioneers.

Among the participants was 93 year old Ted Cook, who was born at the hut.

The restoration work is part of a Tasmanian Community Fund sponsored project to restore huts on the Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island.