Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Iron Houses

From Graces Guide

Produced in the 1850's to provide affordable accommodation for the US and Australian gold-rush. Thers were complete kits with metal frames, corrugated and galvanised roofs, windows with glazing and floor bards were used to make the packing case to hold the complete kit.

1853 Almost 6500 portable iron houses were landed in Melbourne.

A number of UK firms built these houses and a few examples still exist in Australia (Melbourne) and elsewhere.

Manufacturers included-

2016 Three houses are preserved at 399 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, and one can be seen in Royal Park, Melbourne

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