LOCAL HISTORY: Trading at Jasper’s Peggy Johnson.
LOCAL HISTORY: Trading at Jasper’s Peggy Johnson. Veda Dante

Historic shed turned into a museum

TWO long-term residents of Federal have turned a historic shed into a museum for North Coast farming artefacts.

Peggy Johnson and Steve Norris have collected valuable pieces, including a huge bullock wagon once used by cedar-getters, as well as the original Lismore Cordials sign.

"We have always been collectors in one way or another and passionate about saving and preserving our local history," Peggy said.

"We love to see people's reactions when they walk through the doors of the shed and step back in time."

Located on the corner of Binna Burra and Federal Rds, Trading at Jasper has a remarkable history of its own, with the building originally built by "The Genius of the Tin Shed" in 1922.

"Herbert John Claydon built it to carry out motor and farm machinery repairs during the servicing and maintenance of Model T Fords, which continued until 1942. Herbert, who was also known as 'Clocky Claydon' as he was a clock and watch repairer, sharpened handsaws and tools and many of those still remain in the shed."

After numerous offers to purchase the individual letters that make up the Lismore Cordials sign, Peggy said they have decided to keep them intact "for future generations."

Trading at Jasper is open most weekends 10am-4pm.



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