23062 Matthew Cookes Blacksmith former Coleraine 0508
Statement of Significance
Last updated on - June 18, 2003
What is significant?
Matthew Cooke's blacksmith shop is located at 91 Whyte Street, in the central commercial area of Coleraine. The building was constructed in 1888, replacing an earlier smithy. The structure comprises a timber workshop with gabled roof and a skillion attached on the east side. The roof is of corrugated iron with a ventilated ridge, and the floor is earthen. Large doors on the skillion section were used by horse drawn vehicles and other equipment. The building contains relevant equipment and tools of trade.
How is it Significant?
Matthew Cooke's Blacksmith Shop is of historical significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it Significant?
Matthew Cooke's Blacksmith Shop is of historical significance as a rare surviving examples of a blacksmith's shop. Its significance is enhanced by its degree of intactness, and the retention of relevant equipment and tools of trade. It represents a trade that is no longer practiced,but has been associated with the development of the town since earliest settlement.