What is significant?
The Prefabricated shed located at Indi, on the Coleraine - Balmoral Road, approximately eight kilometers south of the township of Balmoral is a large iron shed of six bays, currently used to house machinery and tools. The shed is said to have been imported from Scotland, via Freemantle, Western Australia, where the timbers of the structure were loaded . The corrugated iron is stamped "Davies Brothers Crown Brand". It was imported and erected in Glendinning Street by James Cuzens, a general merchant of Balmoral, in 1887 as an additional storage space for his thriving business. The shed was frequently used as an entertainment venue, and even at one time a temporary town hall for Balmoral. The shed was removed from its original location in 1976 by Anthony Watt of Indi Homestead. It was transported, with special permission from the Victoria Police, on a semi-trailer. It continues to be used as a shed on Mr. Watt's property. The shed is in fair condition, and retains a good degree of integrity, although the walls were reduced in height by 1 metre when the shed was transported, reducing its intactness.
How is it significant?
The prefabricated shed at Indi Homestead is of historical and architectural significance to the community of Balmoral and to the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The prefabricated shed is of historical significance for its association with James Cuzens, one of the most important local merchant's in the township of Balmoral in the nineteenth century. Of further historical significance is the wide variety of roles which the pre-fabricated shed has undertaken, including being used as a store, dance hall, entertainment venue, temporary town hall and finally as a machinery shed. The shed is of architectural importance as a rare surviving example of a pre-fabricated tin shed, and as an unusually late example of the erection of a pre-fabricated shed.
The prefabricated shed is 30' x 60' (approximately 10m x 20m) and is now 15' to eaves level and 24' to the top of the roof (approximately 5m and 8m). About 1.0m of the height of the walls was removed at the time of the shed's relocation. The roof is a segmental vault. The shed comprises six bays, each with one small high level window. Originally there was a timber floor but this was lost at the time of relocation. The shed is made from squared timber (possibly kauri) posts and smaller members which support a lightweight iron frame made up of angles, on the walls and roof, and rods and angles for the trusses. The bottom cord of the trusses is hooked at the centre. The corrugated iron sheeting, which is extensively stamped Davies Brothers Crown Brand, is rivetted together. As well as the windows along both sides there were matching windows at either end. The timber framed windows are hopper in form and have four panes. Alterations at the northern end to introduce a larger sliding door mean that the central window is now missing. The refacing of the southern end means that its windows are missing. The structure of the shed is in excellent condition but the shed's integrity has been compromised by the alterations done at the time of relocation.