Shed­ding light on move­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

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.­mu­ni­ d441224

Ted Zap­para is pas­sion­ate about Rot­tnest Is­land.

Rob Wil­lis (right) in­ter­views Dave Bow­man at the Mos­man Park Men’s Shed.

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