Australia Chapter

The Australia Chapter of the Building Limes Forum was launched in September 2013 in Dublin. We hope that in time the chapter will be strong enough to become an independent forum. Meanwhile, membership and hosting of this web-page are managed by the BLF Administration.

The Australia & New Zealand Chapter maintains close links with the Building Limes Forum and the Building Limes Forum Ireland. The Australian Chapter aims to publish a local newsletter, hopefully twice a year, hold events, and share information about current and historic use of lime in Australia.

Newsletter Vol 5 No1, May 2020
Deferral of Execter Gathering to 2021; Lime in New Zealand and a Separate New Zealand Chapter; quicklime supply, health & safety, regulatory issues and commercial implications; climate change and traditional building materials; Trevor Proudfoot, Port Arthur limekiln; news and notices.

Newsletter Vol4 No2, November 2019
Reports of 2019 Conference & Gathering in Stirling, UK, and visit to Gylen and Duart; George Proudman Fellowship; report of York symposium on traditional mortars; news and notices.

Newsletter Vol4 No1, April 2019
2018 Conference & Gathering in Canterbury, UK; notice of 2019 EBANZ Conference; courses at Longford Academy, Tasmania; Rottnest Island sea wall repair; Kyneton Lost Trades Fair; news and notices.

Newsletter Vol3 No1, February 2017
2016 Conference & Gathering in Liverpool, UK; Shell Lime at Lennox Bridge by Nicola Ashurst; Traditional Trades by Scott McMillan; Historic Australian Limekilns; news and notices.

Newsletter Vol2 No2, December 2015
2015 Conference & Gathering in the UK; Susac Lime Kilns, Wanneroo, WA; Lime in the Pacific; Brigg’s Kiln, Carine, WA; Duffy’s Lime Kiln, Mornington Penninsula; news and notices.

Newsletter No 2, May 2014
2014 Conference & Gathering in the UK, WA ICOMOS Lime Mortar Seminar, Sydney Millers Point Workshop, visit of Gerard Lynch from UK, limes cement and aggregates in NSW, historic kilns, lime burning at Sydney Opera House, news and notices.

Newsletter No1
December 2013
Australian Chapter launched, Report on Dublin Gathering, Proposed kiln at Garra NSW, hair in plasterwork by Mark Goodchild, The NSW Public Works Sands Library, heritage kilns, news and notices.

Next Conference

Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future. The Exeter Gathering, originally scheduled for 4-6 September 2020 has been postponed to 27-29 August 2021.

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Lime and Traditional Building: It is now fairly well known that cement is not good for old buildings and that lime mortar should be used. Why? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages? James Simpson OBE Hon.DSc FRIAS, Chairman of the Building Limes Forum, discusses…

 

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