Nargoon Woolshed’s new lease on life in the Hunter

The new owner of the Nargoon Woolshed, Richard Kelly, was busy last week dismantling the building to take it to its new home in the Hunter region.

It’s the end of an era as the historic Nargoon Woolshed on the Nangus Road comes down.

But the dismantlement is only temporary as new owners, Richard Kelly and his wife, have plans to rebuild the historic shed on their property in the Hunter Valley.

Many locals no doubt have good memories of times spent and celebrations that unfolded at the popular venue.

Former owners Andy and Chris McDonald hosted 26 weddings over seven-and-a-half years at the woolshed, plus many other celebrations.

Nargoon was originally purchased in 1911 by Chris’ grandfather, James Ochiltree (JO) Roberston, after being subdivided off Kimo.

Sheep from Nargoon were mustered to the Kimo woolshed for shearing, until the Robertson’s built their woolshed in 1941.

Chris’ parents, Jimmy and Margot, took over running the property in 1952.

Nargoon was also the home of the popular Christmas pop up markets each November.

Mr Kelly said he too has plans to utilise the woolshed as an events venue once it is reestablished on his property at Lovedale in the Hunter.

“We have a 25 acre property there, it’s about 10 acres of olives and we think we might nestle it in the olives and use it as an events venue,” Mr Kelly said.

“This is something my wife and I have been talking about doing for a long time. We’ve been looking around for old sheds, I actually have a passion for them.

“When I drive around the countryside I see some terrific old sheds and I get really upset when I see them being pulled down. They’re such nice old buildings and are part of the heritage.

“We’ve been talking about this for about two years and when I saw this advertised, I came down and had a look. It’s got a nice heritage, it’s nearly 80 years old, and we’re going to restore it as best we can.

“Parts of it we’ll have to comply with current building codes but we’re going to do that in a way that the features of the shed will still be the old timbers.”

Mr Kelly and his wife think they may even keep the ‘Nargoon Woolshed’ name.

The shed took Mr Kelly and a few friends about two weeks to totally dismantle.