Shedding light on movement
MOSMAN Park Men’s Shed members are being interviewed for a history of the movement being gathered by the National Library of Australia.
“It started in Australia, and sheds are now in Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and Canada, and we want to know about how the concept evolved, and the culture at men’s and community sheds,” National Library of Australia social historian Rob Willis said.
Men’s sheds offer men companionship and the chance to share and learn new skills.
Mr Willis and his wife Olya interviewed those at Mosman Park Men’s Shed, before talking to Fremantle and Derby men’s shed members recently.
Mr Willis said Mosman Park’s large and purpose-built shed was unique in Australia because members were aged 18 to 87, when other sheds usually had an older demographic.
“We’re also different in that we do a lot more than other sheds, including having an amateur radio club, a cooking group, wine appreciation and photography classes,” shed boss Dave Bowman said.
Ted Zappara is passionate about Rottnest Island.
Rob Willis (right) interviews Dave Bowman at the Mosman Park Men’s Shed.