Built for the Bush

the green architecture of rural Australia

For Australia’s rural settlers the creation of simple, energy efficient homes was a matter of situational necessity with their limited access to materials, skills and resources.

Today, architects recognize the conservation of energy as a global imperative and are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the creation and maintenance of modern housing.

In this new light the low-energy solutions of the 19th century rural house are being reappraised: the environmental suitability of traditional building materials has been recognised; water is again being treated like a precious commodity and passive shade, ventilation and heating strategies are once more being utilized to condition the air.

Built for the Bush has returned from a four-year touring schedule and is now based at Rouse Hill House & Farm in the Visitors' Centre.

Past touring schedule (2009 - 2013)

Shear Outback Museum, Hay | 20 November 2009 – 27 January 2010
Albury City Library Museum | 12 February – 4 April 2010
Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga | 10 April – 18 July 2010
Temora Historical Society | 24 July – 14 September 2010
Pioneer Park , Griffith | 24 September –  28 November 2010
Lady Denman Museum, Huskisson | 11 December 2010 – 27 March 2011
Liverpool Regional Museum | 2 April – 12 May 2011
National Archives of Australia | 3 June – 11 September 2011
Eden Killer Whale Museum | 16 September 2011 – 13 February 2012
Deniliquin Visitors Centre | 18 February – 15 April 2012
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo | 21 July – 28 October 2012
Orange Regional Gallery | 8 February – 10 March 2013
Tamworth Council Chambers | 15 April – 17 May 2013
Gunnedah Creative Arts Centre | 25 May – 7 July 2013
Muswellbrook Arts Centre | 12 July – 22 Sept 2013


An exhibition from the NSW State Cultural Institutions

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the low-energy solutions of the 19th century rural house are being reappraised

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