Mechanics Institute

The Singleton Mechanics Institute is a fine example of the many public halls constructed across rural Australia in the late 19th century. The project involved restoration of the upper hall, which had been converted to offices during the 1960's, stripping out the partitions and suspended ceilings to reveal the original vaulted plaster ceiling. The hall was generally restored and refurbished for pubic use, including the upgrading of facilities and provision of an additional fire escape. Much of the internal restoration work was undertaken by Singleton Shire Council as part of a government scheme to train unemployed youth, with excellent outcomes thanks to the project manager.