Corrugated iron is a favoured building material in Australia. Award-winning architects such as Glen Murcutt use it, and so do farmers cobbling together sheds and fences. My beloved Broken Hill house was a tinnie, as were many other houses in that mining city. New houses with gleaming corrugations proliferate beachside now, but I’m drawn to old, worn, rusting, multicoloured iron which develops patterns and colours in response to long weathering and random painting.

The iron in this post is used to block off a building site in Moruya.

This is my contribution to Paula’s Thursday’s special: Multicoloured. For other takes on the theme, visit