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Maria Island convict buildings receive transformation

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The 1825-1850s convict buildings within the Darlington precinct in Maria Island National Park have received a transformation, thanks to a massive five-day effort by Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff and volunteers. ​

Some of our terrific team of volunteers at work

Some of our terrific team of volunteers at work at Maria Island

The team of 19 volunteers and four staff from PWS prepared and coated the buildings with limewash mix, as part of maintenance work for the buildings that occurs about every two years. 

Limewash is often used as a decorative finish and is the basis of mortars, plasters and renders for older buildings in Tasmania.

twice sieving the paste into a finely tuned slurry ready to just add water

Twice sieving the paste into a finely tuned slurry ready to just add water

Senior Ranger for Maria Island National Park Pete Lingard saidthis year was the best yet thanks to a big team effort. 

“The recipe for success in this operation included a high level of preparation, a team of positive, willing and passionate people, and equally a focus on safety, fun and finishing the job together,” Mr Lingard said. 

“The group certainly has a high level of collective skills and experience, including participants that have been at previous events, resulting in a high-quality lime wash and finish, with great efficiency.” 

Hard at work but with a smile on his face

Hard at work but with a smile on his face

Silvia & Linda cleaning the interps panels

Silvia & Linda cleaning the interps panels


Mr Lingard said as with previous years when this activity was conducted, the group followed specific directions on limewash and lime slaking.

A big congratulations to all the volunteers and staff from PWS involved in this successful team effort.

For information on becoming a PWS volunteer visit the PWS website's Volunteer page​.  

Maria Island building before the limewash

Before the limewash

Line up and lime wash

Line up and lime wash - during the limewash process

Maria island convict building whitewash

Maria island convict building whitewash​

Published 13/10/2021