Roofing materials used
on Australian houses included bark,
shingles, slates, corrugated iron,
corrugated asbestos cement and a variety
of tile materials and patterns.
In the early settlement
period roofing materials, as well as most
other essentials for house building, came
from the bush close to the site of the
work. Although corrugated galvanised iron
became very popular after 1850 shingles
were still widely used and accepted, even
in cities and towns.