If you’re a Melburnian you may not have visited Dunolly. If you are building, renovating or salvage hunting it might be time to look it up. This spacious salvage yard is well stocked with recycled timber, architectural features and collectables.
In 1869 the largest gold nugget ever found in Australia, Welcome Stranger, was sold at the London Bank in Dunolly. Today this small town yields treasure of a different kind: heritage building materials from old-money demolitions.
Gold rush wealth was heavily invested in housing and commercial buildings in Victoria. The quality of workmanship was as high as the new colony could supply. As these buildings are replaced, careful salvage uncovers plenty of reusable materials for period renovations and contemporary projects.
Gregor at Dunolly Demolition and Salvage has been recycling materials from Victorian, art deco and pre-war buildings for 25 years, including home demolitions in Melbourne hot spots like Toorak and Brighton. He now has one of central Victoria’s largest salvage yards with 2 acres of undercover storage.
Inside you’ll find recycled timber and flooring, period doors and windows, bathroom accessories, house fittings, furniture, lighting, signage and collectables. Outside offers neatly sorted recycled bricks, gates, fencing and vintage machinery.
When you’re deciding between old and new the story behind old pieces makes a difference. As demolishers AND recyclers the Dunolly team are well placed to give you stories and usage tips for all your finds.
If you’re renovating a period home, or searching for recycled timber and upcycling ingredients, a gold-town visit is recommended. Dunolly is a 2 hour drive from Melbourne or 45 mins from Bendigo and Castlemaine. Take a trailer for small finds, or speak to Gregor about truck delivery. 21st century Dunolly gold is waiting.