Historic Burra house undergoes restoration work

The week of September 24 - 28th saw 18 trades people, including two from Burra, converge on Burra’s historic ‘Jacka House’ to undertake urgent restoration work, whilst training the next generation in the traditional trade skills required to keep our heritage alive.

Jacka House was selected as a dwelling of special significance, and will continue to be a part of an on-going restoration and conservation project. Council assessment identified that without this restoration work, that remedial work would be required to ensure the conservation of the historical dwelling.  

The Regional Council of Goyder, in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Applied Building (HSR), conducted a five-day intensive learning program.

Participants were guided in a range of traditional building construction and maintenance techniques as they worked to conserve the original stonework and structural timbers using authentic materials and traditional building techniques.

At the August 2018 Council meeting, it was carried that Council would fund $35,000 for the restoration of Jacka House.

The Jacka House conservation workshop was largely made possible by the Australian Artisan Trades Academy (AATA).

The Australian Artisan Trades Academy is a unique collaboration between Applied Building Conservation Training, and the National Trust of South Australia. It is the first heritage skills training academy in Australia, offering specialist seminars, training courses and practical workshops, at locations around South Australia.

The goal of the academy is to provide practical learning opportunities in the applied use of traditional trades and skills, and to inspire a culture of care and appreciation for Australia’s heritage buildings.

The former township of Hampton is an extensive collection of ruins, walls, foundations and quarry sites on the outskirts of Burra North. During Burra’s peak mining period, it was a settlement of approximately 30 dwellings.

The majority of dwellings in Hampton were simple two or three bedroom cottages built by hand from locally quarried stone for local miners or smelters and their families. The last two dwellings were finally vacated in the 1960s and the village has remained deserted since.

The course participants, trainers and sponsors attended the graduation and wind up on Thursday night, at the Bon Accord Hotel. This was a great opportunity for the participants to reflect and celebrate their newfound skills, and wonderful achievement.

This significant achievement would not have been possible without the contribution of all participants, trainers and sponsors; in particular the Regional Council of Goyder, National Trust SA, and the local businesses who assisted with accommodation and catering throughout the duration of the course.

If you would like further information about the Academy, visit http://artisanacademy.org.au/