Fossils of the Late Ordovician Soom Shale Lagerstätte are characterized by exceptional preservation of their soft tissues in clay minerals. The low-diversity community lived in an unusual cold-water setting, dominated by anoxic bottom waters, in the immediate aftermath of the Hirnantian glaciation. Giant conodonts represented by complete tooth sets, and one with trunk musculature and liver preserved, unarmoured jawless fish, lobopods and enigmatic taxa are some of the more important fossils. Furthermore, this Lagerstätte also preserves biomineralized Ordovician taxa such as brachiopods, orthoconic nautiloids and trilobites. It is important in capturing the only known examples of many taxa, extending temporal ranges of others and providing a unique glimpse of a post-glacial refugium, at a time when other Lagerstätten are unknown.
THE RENO: Builders and the Bradford ‘reno-fit’ team took five months to complete their vision.“We called it, ‘reno fit’. That was the in-joke.“On the weekends you would be working your arse off to get fit, but renovating at the same time.“It could become a thing, like crossfit.“It gave us all a bit of ownership.” Cassie and Mark Bradford at the house they renovated with their family. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)THERE’S always been a team behind Mark Bradford’s successes at sea.But as the skipper of Queensland’s supermaxi yacht, Black Jack, prepares the crew for the start of his 13th Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day, he is keen to acknowledge another team that has anchored him through a personal project, the renovation of his Zillmere home. BEFORE: The original Queensland War Service house before the family ‘reno-fit’ team took over.Mr Bradford bought the 620sq m property in 2013, recognising the solid bones of the house, and has more than doubled the floor space, turning it into a four-bedroom home with 378sq m of living space including the house, shed and new outdoor entertaining areas. AFTER: Renovated and ready for sale with marine materials used as a nod to the family’s yacht racing connections.The house has been raised, extended and built in downstairs to include a parents retreat, laundry and double garage. AFTER: The new kitchen used to be a small sun room that has been extended through to a large deck.“This has been a combined effort,” Mr Bradford said of the five month renovation which he undertook with his partner Cassie and their blended family of four children.Originally a three bedroom Queensland War Service home, 11 Norbiton St, Zillmere was built in 1956 with brush box timber floors and a brick build basement. AFTER: Space for a growing family to play outside with plenty of grass and a basketball hoop.“Because we have teenage kids we wanted to create a space where they didn’t lock themselves in their rooms and never come out to partake in family stuff,” she said.“So we didn’t design the house with a teenage retreat because we wanted them out in the backyard.“We researched a proper basketball hoop and got one custom made.”MORE: FROM A $30,000 HOVEL, TO THIS! Mark ‘Squark’ Bradford skippered Black Jack in the recent SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. It came second to Wild Oats XI and is a favourite to win the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)A Black Jack sail used in a Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been repurposed as a privacy blind on the new back deck.The internal screens on the windows are made out of the mesh used to stop the sun getting in to the yacht. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN ZILLMERE AFTER: The downstairs parents retreat with a utility wall divider.The upstairs kitchen has been extended and a 5.9 x 5.2m deck built to capture city and Moreton Bay views. BEFORE: This old-style kitchen was demolished and this is now where the study is. The family have lived in the completed home for three years but with school commitments changing, have decided to put their house on the market.The property is for sale through Stefan Blee of Place Ascot. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAFTER: Cassie and Mark Bradford in their new kitchen which is part of the house extension and leads on to the back deck. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)“The demolition we did ourselves on the weekends,” he said. Mrs Bradford said the renovation helped with bonding.“The reason we are such a beautiful, moulded, blended family is in part because of that time we spent together,” she said.“Kids love to demolish stuff and my son and Mark had a lot of one-on-one time doing that.“We did all lose weight too.”Australian and international yachting history has been incorporated into the $430,000 renovation with Mr Bradford using his skills as a master sailmaker. One of the upstairs bedrooms, featuring marine mesh on the window that also is used on yachts.There’s marine ply shelving in the hallway, marine grade stainless steel in the balustrading and the build also features a piece of footpath from Mr Bradford’s time in Valencia with the America’s Cup. “I’ve always been a fan of that mid-century, California bungalow style so we researched that and we used a draughtsman, but it was all our thinking with a little bit of marine in there from sailing,” Mr Bradford said.VIDEO: Mrs Bradford focused on developing a usable backyard with sporting facilities to encourage outdoor play. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<