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Rally to save blacksmith shop

Rally to save  blacksmith shop

Dr. Bill Gransbury chaired a meeting on October 7 at 5 p.m. at the Old Union Chapel, Penrice Road, Angaston to try and “save the Doddridge Blacksmith Shop”. Twenty-two interested people attended.

 Angaston & Penrice Historical Society (APHS) President, Dr. Bill Gransbury explained to the meeting that around $100,000 was needed to purchase the shop which has recently been put on the market by the current owner at  a discounted price to enable the community a good chance to to buy it.

The shop was built at its current premises in 1873 and remained in the Doddridge family until the passing of Hardy Doddridge in 1982.

After Hardy’s passing local people bandied together to purchase the shop items to keep them in the town.

After the late Paul Mariani purchased the property he opened it up to the general public in 1996 and since 2002 the Angaston & Penrice Historical Society have opened the shop on weekends and public holidays through the volunteer blacksmiths and guides who man the premises when open.

Ian Williamson, A&PHS Treasurer outlined the business plan to help purchase the property. Copies were made available at the meeting.

If the property is purchased it is envisaged to build  a 3-bay shed erected at the back of the shop to house the Turner’s Butcher Van, old Holmes Wagon (from the Angaston Memorial Reserve which has been recently restored) and some historical Doddridge ledgers and artefacts.

A long-term plan would be drawn up to ensure that the shop stays under the guidance of the A&PHS.

If the society ceases to exist a fallback plan needs to be in place so that the premises does not go by the wayside.

The building is State Heritage listed which means that the outside must remain the same but the inside can change if need be.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.