December 2023 Newsletter

President's Report for the AGM

Hello All,

Well this is my final President's Report so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help and support during my two years in the position. 

Thank you particularly to my committee who work tirelessly to keep The Shed running. There are many little things that often go unseen which are vital to the smooth running of The Shed, so thank you committee.

There have been some ups and some downs during the last two years but the good times far outweigh the bad.

I am happy with the way The Shed has progressed during my tenure with the finalisation of the strategic plan, the acquisition of a new piece of land to better and more safely organise ourselves, the continuing improvement of the band(s) and their work in the community, the formalisation of a Shed Patron (Warren Skinner), the acquisition of a new sponsor in Domino's Pizza and just the general outlook in The Shed.

I, and I hope all of you, always feel welcome in The Shed and the atmosphere is nearly always positive. Cards on a Wednesday is something to look forward to, Tom's bad jokes are not!

I will continue to be a member of The Shed but 2024 holds new and exciting challenges for me so you may see me less often as I concentrate on these new endeavours.
In closing I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year,


Chris Hansen (Past President)

General News

Break ins

There have been 4 break ins in the first 3 weeks of October!

Break in 1.  On Sunday 1st October a window was smashed, and entry occurred.

On this occasion the safe was removed which contained a reasonable sum of money together with a till with some money which was the proceeds of sales the previous week.

The offenders also broke into the key cabinet and removed all the keys which necessitated a locksmith to replace all the door and gate locks.

Break in 2. On Saturday 7th October, members arrived at the Shed at 7:00am to conduct their monthly garage sale, they found the Shed utility had both front windows smashed and the vehicle had been pushed into the centre of the car park.



On entry to the Shed, they were confronted with a devastating sight of vandalism and theft. The operations office had been ransacked with an attempt to gain entry to the safe with an angle grinder which was unsuccessful. Although the safe remained intact, a sum of money was taken from the donation box which was locked.

The office walls and floor had been graffitied and the computers damaged with parts now unserviceable. Three windows in the office were destroyed.


Entry to the Shed was by way of a smashed window.

The offenders had obviously been frustrated by not being able to crack the safe and went on a rampage of destruction. A powder filled fire extinguisher had been discharged, spraying a white powder over everything in the Shed making for an enormous clean up with the hazard of the extremely fine dust.


The garage sale had to be cancelled which would have earned the Shed about $1,500.


Police attended.

Break-in 3 was discovered on Monday morning 9 October. Further vandalism and graffiti occurred due to their frustration with the measures implemented at the Shed. This break-in required a massive clean up same as break in 2. We were donated a fish and chip lunch by Banana Coast Fish and Chips.


Police attended.

Break in 4 occurred at 10:30pm on 21st October.

They broke another window and somehow removed the protective boarding Chris put up. Again one of them attempted to get into the safe, but failed.


They took a donation box we use for members to put in a gold coin to help pay for tea/coffee etc. I think it would have held about $200.

The images from the camera in the office are very clear and we have a very good close up of the juvenile who tried to open the safe.

They have since been identified thanks to the security cameras installed. We have advice from Detective Guy Clare that the 2 perpetrators from the 4th break in have been apprehended and admitted to the break in.

Not sure what happens now. The police are talking warnings or juvenile justice etc…. Apparently this may be their first offence.

Comments from members

“It is truly heartbreaking to think of the immense value that the Shed brings to the community. It's unfortunate that the Shed has been broken into not just once, but twice within the span of two weeks. 
This is especially disheartening since the gain to whoever committed this offence was minimal. The damage they inflicted was purely an act of vandalism, and it isn't easy to understand how anyone could derive any pleasure from such an act. 

It is going to take months for most members who attend the Shed to relax and not worry about the possibility of another break-in. Personally, I will be opening the Shed with a sense of apprehension, wondering if we are going to find it has happened again. “Vice President Robert Houston

“This is a pretty low act, breaking into the premises of a community group established by men for the support of men and the wanton vandalism is disappointing to say the least” President Chris Hansen.

“The Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed has over 150 active members at present and being a not-for-profit organisation, the loss of any money affects the operation of the Shed which is essentially there for the health and well being of men. Ken Ryan

Newspaper Articles


Keith Logue & Sons ( Bob & Ash) donated the security grilles for the windows.

Banana Coast Fish & Chips donated lunch for the clean up team.

$1000 donated by Margot and Ian McCloud.

Member Profile

Warren Glover

Warren joined the Shed about 2 years ago lured in by the growing muso group (30+ active) collectively called the Shedmen. Currently they have 4 music genre (country, easy listening, blues and rock). Groups meet on different days of the week. An additional genre, acoustic, is being developed. Each genre have designed their own t-shirts which are available for purchase by all Shed members.

Warren is a versatile member who can play multiple instruments including the steel guitar as well as enjoying vocals.

He has had a passion for sailing since we was a kid growing up in Hobart. He has travelled extensively along the east coast and beyond including New Caledonia, Lord Howe Is and Papua New Guinea. He fell in love with Coffs Harbour as an R&R port providing an “endless summer”. So six years ago he decided to base himself in the Marina.

Growing up in Hobart in the 50’s and 60’s he soon showed talent in both athletics and swimming. After a divorce in his late 30’s Warren decided to get back into sports and decided to combine his talents to compete in triathlons.

Warren went from strength to strength, participating in the first Tasmanian Masters Games in 1989. Over the next year he won all events in the Tasmanian Grand Prix series (veteran class) and then went on to be the State Champion for 2 years running!

Around this time inspired by a TV series set in Hawaii, Magnum P.I. Warren started researching the Hawaiian Bud Lite Ironman event. "Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life", the most gruelling event in the world.

The Hawaiian Ironman event was limited to 1300 competitors and Warren had to qualify by placing in the New Zealand Ironman. Leading up to this qualifying event he competed in Forster NSW finishing in 11hrs 30m with no difficulty.

However, in the NZ Ironman he missed qualifying because he misjudged the harsh NZ winds. “I was placed in the top early on the bike leg, but I underestimated the chill factor in the wind because I had anticipated the weather to be much warmer”. Warren was placed 11th in his age group, 265 overall in a time of 11hr 49m outside the qualifying cut off. Warren continued to compete well into his 60s distinguishing himself as a leading competitor.

Today, Warren enjoys his time on his boat and especially his jamming at the Shed. He enjoys the camaraderie which allows him to share his passion for music.

Commission Jobs

Thanks again to the dedicated members who have shouldered the burden of completing these jobs to a professional standard. 

This bench was made from scratch by Jim Picard, Robert Towler

Don is happiest when he can lose himself in a project. Don took on the task of making this rocking horse for the Xmas raffle.

The never tiring Ken manages the paint shop. Here, he is putting the finishing touches to the paint job.

The finished product, ready for a new family!

Robert produced this shield using the new laser.

Garry Shelton framed this stain glass piece for a client

The Shop

Don designed and made this mobile originally for his kids. He kindly made this one for sale in the shop.

These donated garden benches were restored by Ian Kerr and are now for sale in the shop.

Remember: Members get a discount on items for sale in the shop. Ask at the Office

Members jobs

Arlon assisting Dave his NDIS client. Our NDIS members enjoy coming to the Shed and enjoy interacting with members. Please make them feel welcome.

Members chewing the fat. A fundamental reason for the existence of the Shed. Robert Towler, Jim Picard and a new member.

Adam Bryce working with his friend Sean Bennett

Community Involvement

We entered a submission into this year’s Coffs Coast Business Awards, in the Outstanding Community Organisation category.

The Coffs Coast Business Awards are certainly one of the biggest events on the business calendar in this region and a great way to showcase our Men’s Shed. 

We were advised that our organisation was a finalist, and an Award will see us gain some excellent public recognition and awareness for our organisation.

The shed had an article published in the News Of The Area edition on Friday 24th November which included a special lift-out to celebrate the Business Awards.

The Shed was represented by 4 members plus our Patron, Warren Skinner at the awards night on 25th November. Unfortunately, we we didn't win, however with 350 guests at the function, the Shed’s exposure was worth the effort.

Thanks to Brendan Walsh who assisted in putting the submission together.

The above photo is of the Shed’s representatives at the presentation night.

New Equipment

This new laser has been long awaited for by Robert. It is already well on the way to paying for itself through commission jobs

The drop saw was relocated to give garage sale items more room for sorting and pricing. There were ongoing issues with the amount of sawdust being produced and the irregular emptying of the bin leading to overflow issues. 
Little Robbie decided that the issue was not getting any better so he designed a way to add the drop saw to the dust extractor system.

The new router is a great improvement on our previous setup. Being a new machine to the workshop, members are required to undergo training on the features of this particular model and get signed off before they use this new machine. Please make a booking at the Office.

The metal shop urgently needed to expand to allow more members to use the facilities. So Jacko and the boys came up with this solution. An outdoor area!

Garage Sales



Murray Smith and Paul Fitzgerald his assistant routinely evaluate, sort and price donations. The ongoing issue of where to store items between sales has finally been addressed. The solution was the purchase of a shipping container to be housed in the expanded rear yard. 

Reminder: The sale is on the first Saturday of each month during the year. Garage sales are now averaging about $1800 a month!

Members are reminded not to rummage through received goods until they have been evaluated and priced. 

If you a looking for a particular item then let Murray know. He keeps a book on requests from members and earmarks received items for consideration by these members before putting them out for general sale.

Notice Board

Office Management

Robert resigned earlier in the year after many years of dedicated service (5+ days a week). The Committee tried to fill the gap in various ways but none have evolved as a long term solution.

So Robert has stepped back into the role sharing it with David. Thanks to both of them for their ongoing commitment!

Our Constitution doesn't permit us to hire a full time Shed Manager and besides the cost would cripple us.

Thanks also to Alan and Ken for their efforts through the year keeping the doors open and facilitating the day to day management of the Shed.

If you can lend some expertise, please front up and let it be known at the Office. 

Don't leave it to the few. 

Using Fixed Machinery

All members are covered for injury while working at the Shed. as a major part of the membership fees. However, as part of the conditions for cover whilst using machinery we are required to induct members in the safe use of each fixed machine. 

This applies to ALL members, non members are not permitted to operate any fixed machinery in the Shed due to liability and insurance issues, regardless of their expertise.

We acquire new machines from time to time and therefore you need to update your induction records/competency forms. Recent acquisitions include a new bench router, drop saw, metal guillotine and press as well as this year a new jointer and circular saw.

Ken Ryan conducts inductions for new members after smoko on a Thursday (book through office). Existing members needing induction/refreshers on unfamiliar machines can also arrange this with Ken.

Ken inducting a new member John Van-stroe

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are not using machines that you are not inducted or competent to use.

All members have induction records/competency forms kept in their file in the Office. It is important that you are signed off to use equipment in the Shed. In fact, it is a legal requirement for our insurance and accreditation.

These records must be kept up to date because the insurance company can refuse compensation claims for injury. They have the right to request access to these records in processing claims.

Brian asked Robert for a refresher in using the thicknesser. Brian doesn't use this machine very often and welcomed some tips from Robert.

Report any problems with equipment to the Office so that it can be attended to.

Please don't attempt repairs or major adjustments without consulting the maintenance crew or the Office. Well meaning individuals have unwittingly caused the maintenance team major headaches.

Always use the metal detector before cutting/thicknessing any second hand timber.

 Cost to open the Shed door 

Yearly Fixed Costs

Power  $3,366.91, Water  $161.00, Rent  $338.61, Phone  $1,909.67, Internet and website $920, Insurance  $7,403.70
In further discussion with Ken Ryan on this matter, a number of further costs were not taken into consideration. The true cost of opening the door each day is around $210.

Important Reminders

Remember to sign in and out, it allows the committee to monitor usage and safety officers to check off members in the case of emergencies including mandatory fire drills.

Job Sheets MUST be filled in and filed with the Office before you start any work at the Shed. This is a common sense rule so that the Shed managers know what is happening in the Shed. 

You will be advised of any job charges at this time, usually $10, for the use of consumables eg. glue, screws, nails, sandpaper etc. and equipment maintenance, per job sheet

Donated wood etc is used extensively for commission jobs, thus value adding, which helps offset the costs of running the Shed. If you wish to purchase/use wood etc for your job, please ask at the Office FIRST.

A member found a nice piece of cedar in the shape of a table leg in the stores, he cut it up, without asking, for a job he wanted to make. It turned out that it was the leg off a full sized billiard table which was to be restored!

Materials are generally sold at half the retail price, however, if used without consultation then full retail/replacement price will be charged. Members also store wood for projects at the Shed and will be justifiably upset if members use or cut up their material.

It is often unreasonable to expect to cut off a smaller piece from a larger usable length and expect to pay just for the piece you desire. You may be asked to try your luck at Bunnings.

There is a simple rule at the Shed: leave equipment and work spaces as you would LIKE to find them.

Please be considerate when using common areas such as the kitchen and toilets. Other members have to clean up these areas, as your mother doesn't work here!

Tea and coffee etc are provided as a courtesy. A donation of $2 towards costs is expected and appreciated as you sign in. The donation box is next to the Sign On book.

This gives you a bottomless cup throughout the day, which is a great deal in anybodies eyes. The Shed outlays about $150/month for Tea, Coffee.

This doesn't include the cost of milk, sugar, butter, sauces, bottled water etc., or the costs of cleaning materials to endeavour to keep the area fit for purpose. 

An increasing number of members are opting not to stop for breaks during the day. These breaks are important as a social occasion and to refresh the mind and body. No work noise should occur for at least 20 minutes during breaks.

A new cleaning roster has drawn up with all members names placed on the roster. The roster can found under the Sign On book. Please check to see when your turn arises, as this takes the burden off the few.

Members are reminded to wait until after lunch before they spirit away food stuffs provided by OZHarvest. Members regularly make use of these items for morning tea and lunch.

Our Community

Member Meetings

2023 has seen the introduction of members meetings as an initiative to encourage members to take in active interest in the management of the Shed. 

The agenda is organised so that current events and issues are discussed and members are asked for feedback and comments.

The Committee is open to all members to become involved in the management and day to day running of the Shed. All members are encouraged to take on an active role.

Tool Box meetings are held at morning tea during the week following the committee meeting (2nd Thursday monthly) to give feedback to members. 

Free member luncheons have been well received and will continue to be provided every month, on the 3rd Tuesday, as an initiative to promote social interaction away from the tools. These luncheons are subsidised by Woolworths and Dominos Pizzas. Meals will alternate between sausages and pizza.

Card players euchre/500/crib are being played by an increasing number of members during breaks. All are welcome to take part whether you are a novice or an experienced player.

General Interest

What Is The Main Ingredient of WD-40?

Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40? 

No Cheating.....

WD-40 Who knew!
I had a neighbour who bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. 
He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do .... probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbour came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed!

WD-40 who knew?
"Water Displacement #40". The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. 
Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'Water Displacement' Compound. They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40. The 'Convair Company' bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

When you read the 'shower door' part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass. It's a miracle!
Then try it on your stove-top. It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.

WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters.
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewellery chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic/terracotta garden pots from oxidising.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida 's favourite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favourite use in the state of New York , it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

My discovery, Ants don't like it..................

P.S. As for that Basic, Main Ingredient....... Well.... it's FISH OIL.... 

Ben Hall (9 May 1837 – 5 May 1865)

 was an Australian bushranger and leading member of the Gardiner–Hall gang.

He and his associates carried out many raids across New South Wales, from Bathurst to Forbes, south to Gundagai and east to Goulburn. Unlike many bushrangers of the era, 

Hall was not directly responsible for any deaths, although several of his associates were.
He was shot dead by police in May 1865 at Goobang Creek. 

The police claimed that they were acting under the protection of the Felons Apprehension Act 1865, which allowed any bushranger who had been specifically named under the terms of the Act to be shot, and killed by any person at any time without warning. 

At the time of Hall's death, the Act had not yet come into force, resulting in controversy over the legality of his killing.

Hall is a prominent figure in Australian folklore, inspiring many bush ballads, books and screen works, including the 1975 television series Ben Hall and the 2016 feature film The Legend of Ben Hall.

Early life
Ben Hall was born on 9 May 1837, at Maitland, New South Wales, Australia (though an 1865 newspaper report, possibly incorrectly, named the Clift family owned Breeza Station near Breeza as his birthplace).

His parents were Benjamin Hall (born in Bedminster, England, in 1805) and Eliza Somers (born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1807). Both of Ben's parents were convicted for minor stealing offences and transported to New South Wales, and first met each other as convicts. 

Benjamin received his ticket of leave in August 1832, but it wasn't until 1834 that Eliza was granted her freedom. They were married the same year and moved to the Hunter Region. The couple had numerous children; Ben Junior was the fourth child and third son.

Benjamin Senior found work as overseer on the Doona run near Murrurundi, as an employee of Samuel Clift, while Eliza was employed as a domestic worker at Clift's home in Wallis Plains, East Maitland. Following a severe drought in 1838–39, Clift had to move all his stock back to the Hunter, so Benjamin lost his position at Doona. 

However, during his time working in that area, he had discovered an isolated valley north of Murrurundi with permanent water and good grazing. Here Benjamin built a rough hut, and began collecting any wild cattle and horses he could find in the hills. Then in mid-1842, he bought a small block of land in the newly created village of Murrurundi, where he established a butcher shop and also sold fresh vegetables.

About the end of 1850, Benjamin Sr. moved down to the Lachlan River area, taking with him the children Ben Jr., William, Mary and his stepson Thomas Wade. It appears that Ben Jr. never returned to Murrurundi, although his father did in 1851. Young Ben spent his early years working with horses and cattle, developing his expertise in stock work and bushcraft, skills which would later serve him well.

In 1856, at the age of 19, Ben married Bridget Walsh (1841–1923) at Bathurst. Kitty, one of Bridget's sisters, was married to a Wheogo stockman named John Brown, but in 1862 she became the mistress of Frank Gardiner and eloped to Queensland; another Walsh sister Ellen married John Maguire. On 7 August 1859, Ben and Biddy (as she was called) had a son, whom they named Henry. In 1859–60, Hall and John Maguire jointly leased the "Sandy Creek" run of 10,000 acres (40 km²) about 50 km south of Forbes.

Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John Dunn attack policemen guarding the Gundagai Mail, 1865
During the summer of 1861–62, his wife Biddy left with their young son Henry to live with a young police officer named James Taylor. They moved to Humbug Creek, near Lake Cowal, well away from Hall.

Hall soon began a disastrous association with the notorious bushranger Frank Christie, alias Gardiner. In April 1862, Ben was arrested by Inspector Sir Frederick Pottinger for participating in the armed robbery of Bill Bacon's drays near Forbes. Hall was identified as having been in the company of Gardiner during the robbery, and two other men, names unknown. The charge was dismissed when one of the Crown witnesses changed his testimony.

Shortly afterwards, on 15 June 1862, Gardiner led a gang of eight men, including Hall, in robbing the gold escort coach near Eugowra, New South Wales (at what is now known as Escort Rock), of banknotes and 2700 ounces of gold worth more than 14,000 pounds.
Hall and several others were arrested in July, but once again the police were unable to gain enough evidence to formally charge him. He was released about the end of August. However, he and his partner at Sandy Creek faced mounting legal costs and were forced to transfer the lease of the property to John Wilson, a Forbes publican.

Estranged from his wife and young son, and with the property gone, Hall for several months drifted around the Weddin-Wheogo area, associating with numerous undesirable characters including John O'Meally, Johnny Gilbert, and Patsy Daley. After several confrontations with the police, culminating in Pottinger's decision to burn down Hall's hut at Sandy Creek, Hall gradually drifted into a life of crime.

In one instance, Hall and his gang bailed up Robinson's Hotel in Canowindra, New South Wales. All travellers and the townspeople were required to remain at the hotel, but they were not mistreated and were provided with food and entertainment. The local policeman was subjected to some humiliation by being locked in his own cell. When the hostages were set free, the gang insisted on paying the hotelier and giving the townspeople "expenses". Their aim was to emphasise that the gang could act with impunity and to belittle the police. In this they were spectacularly successful.

Shortly afterwards, the gang raided the town of Bathurst followed a few days later by another takeover of Canowindra, this time for three days. Their cavalier activities were soon brought to a sudden halt however, when Micky Burke was killed at Dunns Plains, John Vane surrendered to the police and O'Meally was shot dead in an attack on Goimbla station, near Eugowra. The gang of five had been reduced to just two – Hall and Gilbert.

During 1864 Hall continued his life on the roads with various companions, including Gilbert, Dunleavy and the Old Man, James Gordon. Finally the gang consisted of Hall, Gilbert and John Dunn. In November 1864, during the robbery of a mail coach at Black Springs Creek near Jugiong, John Gilbert shot and killed Sgt. Parry.

Then in January 1865, Constable Nelson was shot and killed by John Dunn when the gang raided a hotel in Collector (now the Bushranger Hotel). Finally, in early 1865, the authorities finally undertook legislation to bring an end to the careers of the three. The Felons Apprehension Act was pushed through the Parliament of New South Wales for the specific purpose of declaring Hall and his comrades outlaws, meaning that they would be "outside the law" and could be killed by anyone at any time without warning.

From 1863 to 1865, over 100 robberies are attributed to Hall and his various associates, making them some of the most prolific bushrangers in the period of bushranging in the colony. These included the holding up of several villages, dozens of mail coach robberies and the regular theft of prized racehorses.

In May 1865, Hall and the others realised that to survive they would have to leave New South Wales. They first retreated to an isolated area on the Goobang Creek, northwest of Forbes, intending to gather fresh horses and provisions for a long journey northwards. Their whereabouts were reported to the police by 'Goobang Mick' Coneley, a man who had earlier promised to give the gang assistance and protection.

In late April, Hall temporarily separated from his companions, intending to meet them again a few days later at the Goobang Creek. But this time there were police waiting, hidden in the bush. At dawn on 5 May, Hall was ambushed by eight well-armed policemen who shot him at least thirty times as he attempted to run away. He fell and, as he held himself up by a sapling, cried, "I am wounded; shoot me dead." He died seconds later.

New Management 2023 (voluntary)


President: Chris Hansen

Vice President: Robert Houston

Secretary: Tony Winter

Treasurer: Garth Howard

Assistant Secretary: Chris Hansen

Assistant Treasurer: Ken Ryan


David Churchyard
Alan Cook
Peter Jackson
Ken Howe
Glenn Cox
Brian Franklin
Robert Francis
David Gilchrist


Shed Managers & Office Administration:

David Churchyard
Robert Houston

Health & Welfare Officers:

Ken Ryan
Ken Howe

Woodwork Shop:

Tom Skinner

Metalwork / Engineering:

Peter Jackson

Paint Shop

Ken Ryan

 Equipment Maintenance:

Ken Ryan
Brian Franklin
Alan Cook
Robert Francis

Music Group - The Shedmen:

David Gilchrist

Garage Sales:

Murray Smith

Paul Fitzgerald


Tony Winter
Brian Adam

Life Members:

Derek King Scott
 Peter Jackson
Ken Howe
Ken Ryan
Robert Houston

Supporters of the Coffs Harbour Men's Shed

The Coffs Harbour Community Men's Shed wishes to thank all our supporters, both large and small,
for their ongoing support and generous donations of time and money. 


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