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Kandos Concrete

Located in the NSW Central Tablelands, the town of Kando’s sits beneath the Cumber Melon Mountain - the traditional home of the Dabee tribe who stem from the Wiradjuri people.

Once home to a thriving concrete industry, Kandos was formerly known as "the town that made the cement that made your town". Used in roads, water reservoirs, pipes, pathways, fences and buildings, cement from Kandos was also utilised in the construction of famous landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

A number of migrants contributed to the growth of Kandos, and many refugees from both Eastern Europe and the Middle East came to live in the area in the 1950s and 1960s

Inefficient technology, exorbitant running costs and a shortage of skills contributed to the closure of the factory in 2011. Now a dilapidated ‘palace-like’ structure tucked away in a picturesque valley, this dust-filled relic is a ghostly reminder of Australia’s more industrious days.

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