April 4, 2011

Country tour by ASHET and RAHS members

The tour, organised by ASHET (Australian Society for the History of Engineering Technology) in conjunction with RAHS (Royal Australian Historical Society) and the local societies in the Rylstone - Kandos area, took place on the weekend Saturday and Sunday 2-3 April 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Ian Jack, President of ASHET and RAHS.

The group of 40+ members had a short break at Pearson's Lookout arriving at Glen Davis for lunch. Then followed an extensive guided tour of the ruins of the shale oil mining and refining operations at Glen Davis. Leonie Knapman, who has made an extensive study of the shale oil industry in NSW, was on the tour.

The oil shale industry operated at Glen Davis from 1938 to 1952.

The day concluded with dinner at the Bridge View Inn, a historic sandstone building in Rylstone, owned by the Rylstone and District Historical Society.

Sunday started with a visit the Kandos Bicentennial Industrial Museum. Kandos dates from 1913 when a cement works was established there. The town is named after the directors of the cement company. The museum provides an insight into the region’s industrial and social history.

Then before lunch, there was visit to Dabee homestead, about 6 km east of Kandos and Rylstone. The homestead dates from the late 1840s and was built by the wealthy emancipist Richard Fitzgerald, a pioneer in the area.

The woolshed and shesring shed complex were also inspected.

After lunch in Rylstone, there was an inspection of the Cottage Museum, a showing the 20 minute documentary film No such a place, about Glen Davis and then a guided walking tour of the town which has a group of recently restored sandstone buildings - guides being members of the Rylstone and District Historical Society.

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