August 10th – Skyline

Hot tin roof

This is the roof-top scene on a cracking blue, cloudless morning.

The corrugated iron roof is a distinctly Australian look and is considered part of our national heritage. Despite our architectural pride we’re not the only ones to favour the galvanised material on our dwellings, with the material used widely in New Zealand and Chile.

Corrugated Iron was first used in the 1820’s, designed by engineer Henry Robinson Palmer, in creating a building material that was cheap to manufacture, easy to transport, and be erected by semi-skilled workers.

Palmer was also the brains behind the worlds first Monorail, though I’m not sure if he had Ogdenville, Brockway or North Haverbrook in mind when he registered the patent in 1821.


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