The story of the “heaviness” building comes from a story that was told in the 1960s, but only a few people actually remember.
In 1960, the ABC’s The Stories of Australia featured a story about an old Victorian house with a “heavenly view”.
“We’d gone to the old Victorian town to get some stories from a local, and we’d had the view for two hours,” historian and ABC journalist Ed Melly told the programme.
“The old Victorian man was quite a bit of a folk singer, and so he gave us the story of this heaven-sent view.”
“Heavenly” was a reference to the story’s setting, which was a “forest” on the far side of the Great Barrier Reef.
The “heap” building was an 1881 house in the Victorian town of Hobart, which Mr Melly described as “a pile of materials”.
Heaviesides were Victorian buildings that used wood and metal construction.
It’s not clear what material the building was made of, but Mr Mandy said it was probably wood.
But the house’s construction did not end there.
He also found some old photographs and newspaper articles that were “heaving a sigh of relief”.
Mr Melly said the story was “a classic example of the Victorian myth of the ‘great heap'”.
The story was first told in 1959, and was later re-told in the book A New Story: Stories from the Victorian Age, by historian and author Tom O’Brien.
Mr O’Briens book describes the story as a “story told in a dream”.
A “heapside” building can be a building that has been turned into a “sphere” (as in a spindle) by a crane.
A heavysides “spheres” can be large, circular structures, or “heave a sigh” structures.
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