Darling House – Case Study

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Darling House, Dawes Point The Georgian-style Old Colonial sandstone building incorporates parts of an original c. 1833 to c. 1835 dwelling house, the existing sandstone house was constructed in 1842 under the ownership of Joseph Farris. The sandstone building now known as “Darling House” was built by Joseph Farris in 1842, a period of great depression in Sydney. Darling House holds a particular …

Why choose slate for your new roof?

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Why choose Slate? For us at Heritage Slate Roofing it’s a no brainer.  This is because day in day out we are surrounded by this beautiful material which we install all over NSW.  We see first hand the quality, sophistication & dynamic ability this material has to work with all styles of homes from traditional to modern or even a …

How did Welsh Slate make it’s way onto Australian shores?

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Welsh slate is no stranger to the shores of Australia. Slate from all corners of the earth started to arrive in Sydney around 1829, typically around the rocks area. In particular slate from the Penrhyn and other Welsh quarries came to Australia on trading vessels. This introduction into Australia roofing construction was widely accepted, mainly due to its durability and …

The Sustainability of Slate

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As far as roofing materials goes there is nothing quite like natural slate. I personally noticed this myself driving through the streets of Mosman the other weekend when I found myself constantly panning left and right to the sight of all these slate roofs that populate the area of Mosman. It’s something about the versatility of slate and how easy …

The History of Slate

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Slate is a homogenous rock that has a fine grain in which is derived from shale sediment composing of clay or volcanic ash. It’s malleable breakability yet tough qualities allow it to be broken into thin but durable sheets. On record the first ever slate roof was believed to be a private home in North Wales, Wales around 1300 A.D. …