Thanks to Northern Territory government funding totalling $3.5m, major restoration work has been carried out at the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct.
Included in this project was the re-roofing of the Korprilya water tank and pointing work. The old tin sheeting and roof supports were removed and replaced with a new framework and covered with new tin sheeting. The original tin was then fastened over the top, preserving the historic look and feel. The stonework of the tank was in quite good condition so, with some minor repairs and then the application of several coats of whitewash, the tank has been restored to close to its original condition.
The successful piping of fresh water to the mission in 1935 is one of many wonderful stories being told here. The preservation of the site means that these stories can continue to be told for many years to come. The Hermannsburg Historic Precinct reopens to the public in March 2021.
Rodney Matuschka is the manager of the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct.