The concept of starting a Pyrmont Mens Shed came from meeting between Peter Devoy, Bruce Napthali and Robyn Davies, Uniting Church Minister and Ian Avery. Thomson Reuters Publishing staff in Pyrmont became involved as part of their contribution to the community. One of their staff designed the PUG Logo. The Uniting Church NSW started a Shed at Lane Cove in 2007 and supported the setting up of the PUG Mens Shed contributing $13,000 over a 3 year period.


The Shed will celebrate 10 years in 2019 from the date of our first Annual General Meeting in December 2009. The PUG Shed started on the Kanangra Ferry at the Sydney Heritage Fleet in Rozelle Bay in 2008. The use of the Ferry was offered by Jon Simpson who was CEO of the Sydney Heritage Fleet. There was a small workshop on the upper deck where the Shed members helped in the restoration of the ferry window and doors. A small group of ten men attended the first AGM which was held in the cabin of the Boomerang Yacht. I would like to thank the men who drove forward the idea of the Shed. Some of these men are still attending the Shed.

  • The Foundation members of the Shed who worked at the Kanangra Ferry in 2009 are Ross Brown, Phil Bryan, Tom Collins, David Daish, Peter Devoy, Ross Hindmarsh, John Kepski, Colin Knowles, George Kristen, Paul Limmer, Shu Mok, Bruce Napthali, David Porter, Paul Shea and Jon Simpson.
  • Men who joined the Shed during our renovation and first year at the Viaduct in 2014 were Harold Adolphe, Chris Brown, Chris Durman, Malcolm Garder and Geof Graham.


The PUG Mens Shed became Incorporated on 6 December 2012 under the Association Incorporation Act 2009. Incorporation allowed the Shed to apply for Grants as these are generally only given to Incorporated Associations. To be become Incorporated,  Associations are required to have a Constitution. The Shed adopted the Module Constitution provided by the NSW Fair Trading. The advantage of this Constitution is that it will be automatically updated with any changes in the law.


In 2013 the PUG Mens Shed Incorporated joined the Australian Men’s Shed Association and has Level 1 Membership as the Shed complies with the AMSA Constitution and By-Laws and subscribes to the AMSA Group Insurance Scheme. Membership provides

  • Access to a wide range of Policy and Procedure documents for the running of a Men’s Shed.
  • Insurance to cover Public & Products Liability Wording, Voluntary Workers Personal Accident Wording, Industrial Special Risks Wording and Association Liability Wording – Available upon request by Men’s Shed committee member
  • Listing on the Shed Locator “ Find a Shed “with contact details and brief description of the Shed.