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Early Australian houses

Early Australian houses

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Early Settlers Homes and Bush Huts in Australia.
A history covering settlement and building history from 1788 to the late 1800s.
Early Australian houses were very primitive, and ranged from bough shelters with only a roof and no walls through to bush and bark huts,
log cabins, slab, wattle-and-daub, thatched and sod huts.
Since there was an abundant supply of timber, it was used for walls, roofs, floors, doors, windows and even chimneys.
Wattle and Daub house construction in Australia
Of all the hybrid forms wattle and daub is the best known, at least by repute, and it was used in the earliest days of Sydney Cove.
Wattling - that is, the weaving of flexible twigs like basketwork - was also used in New South Wales without any daub, and this is at least as old a tradition in Europe.
The Shortage Of Good Mortar.
The prevalence of single storey buildings in early Sydney, as well as their rapid rate of deterioration can be attributed to the shortage of good mortar.
Governor Phillip said. " the materials can only be laid in clay, which makes it necessary to give great thickness to the walls, and even then they are not so firm as might be wished. ".
Brick walls were built with mortars of clay or loam at Government House, Parramatta, 1790, and at John Macarthur's Elizabeth Farm 1793.

Early Settlers Homes and Bush Huts in Australia.
A history covering settlement and building history from 1788 to the late 1800s.
Early Australian houses were very primitive, and ranged from bough shelters with only a roof and no walls through to bush and bark huts,
log cabins, slab, wattle-and-daub, thatched and sod huts.
Since there was an abundant supply of timber, it was used for walls, roofs, floors, doors, windows and even chimneys.
Wattle and Daub house construction in Australia
Of all the hybrid forms wattle and daub is the best known, at least by repute, and it was used in the earliest days of Sydney Cove.
Wattling - that is, the weaving of flexible twigs like basketwork - was also used in New South Wales without any daub, and this is at least as old a tradition in Europe.
The Shortage Of Good Mortar.
The prevalence of single storey buildings in early Sydney, as well as their rapid rate of deterioration can be attributed to the shortage of good mortar.
Governor Phillip said. " the materials can only be laid in clay, which makes it necessary to give great thickness to the walls, and even then they are not so firm as might be wished. ".
Brick walls were built with mortars of clay or loam at Government House, Parramatta, 1790, and at John Macarthur's Elizabeth Farm 1793.

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