The Bark Hut by Stephen Ruane

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The Bark Hut on the early established pastoral run Angahook at Airey’s Inlet probably dates from before 1862. It was built for Thomas Butson Pearce (a pastoralist who acquired the Angahook pre-emptive purchase in 1853), using undressed round timber poles and frame to form a simple gable structure clad with bark sheets and having a brick chimney and earthen floor.
In 1979: The Bark Hut at Angahook homestead has been carefully restored and the structure rehabilitated without undue replacement. The original bark roof has been retained under a new bark cladding.
1983: Hut burnt to ground in bushfires and replaced by reconstruction.

Airey’s Inlet, Victoria, Australia.

Canon SX1 IS.


  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 5 years ago

    they were so talented back then, especially for these old places to still be it in B & W well done :)) k

  • Hi Kristina, thank for your comment. They don’t make them like they used to ;)

    – Stephen Ruane

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 5 years ago

    Steve, that is a top shot amd post photo treatment is excellent. Well done. Wayne

  • G’day Wayne, thanks mate. I thought it looks better in B&W, gives it more character.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • TeAnne
    TeAnneover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful photo

  • Hi TeAnne, thank for your comment.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • lucyarohanui
    lucyarohanuiover 5 years ago

    Steve this is an awesome capture … It is perfect in B&W … such excellent detail
    love the lighting also… What a marvelous History it has..

  • Hi Lucy, Thank you for a very encouraging comment. Yes certainly an interesting history and glad to see they keep it in great condition.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 5 years ago

    Oh mate this is a fantastic shot, you have found a real gem and captured it beautifully.

  • Thanks Mark that’s a ripper of a comment.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 5 years ago

  • Thank you Diana-Lee for accepting my work.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • Shane Viper
    Shane Viperover 5 years ago

    Very nice composition and shot Steve. Really like the black and white treatment. Well done mate :-)

  • Thanks Shane, much appreciated.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 5 years ago

    Nice work Steve…instant Fave for me Mate:o)

  • Thanks Mark, and thank you for the fave.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • maxy
    maxyover 5 years ago

    Wow!!! never seen a bark hut before – amazing!!! I’ll bet it ’s warm once all tightly strewn together! Stunning in B&W – what an awesome scene! xx

  • Thanks Maxy, They were a popular dwelling for the early settlers in this country and are warm in winter, cool in summer and water tight.

    – Stephen Ruane

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 5 years ago

    Beautiful B/W image…fantastic composition, nice work Steve!

  • Hi Kerry, and thank you for a great comment.

    – Stephen Ruane

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