Sunday 2nd – Friday 7th of June 2019

Cordillo Downs Conservation Rescue

Cordillo Downs Station is located approximately 1400 kms north of Adelaide, and is one of the key outback tourism stops on the way to Birdsville, Queensland. Cordillo is home to one of the largest woolsheds in the Southern Hemisphere, measuring over 60 meters in length and 13.5 in width. In 2018 vicious storms tore the rolled iron roof from the state heritage listed building, and it is beginning to fall into disrepair.

Participants will need to be able to access the site via unsealed roads and provide their own accommodation (Swag, Tents, Rooftop Campers, Vans etc.)

Architectural Stonemasonry and Lime Mortar Technology

  • Erecting and repairing basic stonemasonry structures
  • Understanding the construction of cavity and solid stone walling, returns and rakes
  • Addressing individual damaged and/or defective stones
  • Repointing damaged mortars using correct technique and lime materials
  • Mixing and gauging lime mortars and mixing to correct specification for conservation work
  • Understanding the relationship between different block types including quoins, cill stones and stone lintels

Traditional Roofing Techniques

  • Types of corrugated sheeting used in early construction
  • Correct fixing types for application in heritage buildings
  • Early methods of flashing colonial roofs
  • Traditional techniques for timber framing and working with natural materials

Timber Conservation and Traditional Carpentry Techniques

  • Identifying timber conservation issues in heritage listed buildings
  • Identifying heritage timbers used in traditional construct on regional properties
  • Repairing and patching of timber material to prevent replacement
  • Different joint types used in traditional carpentry practice and their applications
  • The importance of timber conservation in the context of the Burra Charter

Course cost $1500.00 per person – CITB Members are subsidized

*Course fees include course materials, meals and refreshments


There are limited places left – email for enrolment formsĀ 


Posted 20/03/2019