About our shed

About Us

Grawin Glengarry Sheepyard Opal Fields is a small community west of Lightning Ridge & Nor west of Walgett.It is a small permanent population of folk who reside her all year.An increae of numbers happen round about Easter time and stays till October early Novemeber.It is like a working retirement village with most working opal mines .Heat sends the southerners home!Whilst our shed is only in its kindergarten stages of development ,the members fully own under lease two claims -one is a residential with our shed on it .Progress is being made to enlarge the working area of the shed to a safe level .With no electricity -only generators -no access to internet except thru members -many jobs are being accomplished -word of mouth has brought in many donations including 10 computers from ANU Canberra -these were refurbished and sold to residents on the fields .2017 will see more improvements to our shed.

Every Sunday is social day - depending on numbers how long it I open for - The caretaker will open shed to any two members any day. Visitors from far afield have also made themselves comfortable with free camping on the fields. Interesting to meet outsiders as new ideas are swapped around.

If out this way in the far west come visit us at the Shed - a very different shed to suburbia!

Shed Activities

Shed is open every Sunday for the chat and BIG discussions on what or where to go next .Due to summer heat it is not advisable to work outside so members do necessary jobs early morning .
Many items have been donated ,unfortunately 50% are not in working order .But a couple of members do a battery run around the fields and collect the old batteries -successful sales to the scrapies that visit the field.
A kitchen is to be installed in the coming months so meals of value will be available to members or cook them selves .Some do not have a decent oven ,so that will bring on some expertise in baking in a new oven .
Exchange visits to Lightning Ridge and Walgett Sheds and Grawin also putting on the "ritz" too for a beaut chat with others

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Contact

John Morgan

Address
Claim No 11572 Grawin, NSW 2832
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