Men’s Sheds are non-profit organisations that originated in Australia. Kangaroo Island's Kingscote has its own Men’s Shed, all due to the work of a group of five locals who met in March 2016, and it was open by October 2016.

Buzzing at the bench: Mark Crowe at the table saw at the Men's Shed. Photo: Steve Howell.

Buzzing at the bench: Mark Crowe at the table saw at the Men's Shed. Photo: Steve Howell.

Men’s Sheds are non-profit organisations that originated in Australia, with about 900 Australia-wide and thousands of members. The Men’s Shed movement has now spread worldwide.

The first National Health Conference dedicated to men in Australia took place in 1995, where it was thought that men’s sheds could help promote social interaction and reduce depression-related illness in elderly men. The first Men’s Shed opened in Tongala, Victoria on July 26 1998.

Kingscote has its own Men’s Shed, all due to the work of a group of five locals who met in March 2016, and it was open by October 2016. It now has 21 financial members.

The Men’s Shed is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-4pm, as these days coincide with the Rockhopper Bus. For those that come into town with your wife and find yourself waiting around, just pop up to the Shed, introduce yourself and have a look around. Membership is $50 per year which includes insurance.

Call Graeme Connell for more information: 0408 806 272. - Steve Howell.

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