You’re driving down the street, or pop into the new neighbours to say hello and spy something outlandish. You asked the question, here’s the answer.

Writer: Sarah Harris – Photographer: David Field

Great Wall of Junortoun
The locals call it the Great Wall of Junortoun and it’s easy to see why.
There are 318,000 bricks bounding the perimeter of Mark McGlashan’s property.
“That’s enough to build 34 standard 8000-9000 brick houses,” he says proudly.
There is no doubt about it, the boy loves bricks.
“A brick is not just a brick,” he reveals. “These ones here we bought off Selkirks – a kiln at a time so you get the same colour and shape. These ones here, for example, are all handmade and come from the old Bendigo soap factory and date from 1903. Those ones over there came from the old Bendigo Railway Workshops when they were knocked down.”
The Great Wall – which took three brickies working pretty much full-time for four years to build – surrounds an even greater work in progress. There is the 58,000-brick shed, a 27,000-brick granny flat and several 5000-brick tankstands. Some 97 truckloads of concrete have gone into the place already and work hasn’t even started yet on the 105 square 70,000-brick house – all designed to Mark’s own vision.
The project was inspired by the death of his wife Lee-ann, who died of lung cancer at age 44.
“It all happened pretty sudden; three months bang and it was all over,” he recalls.
“I started this because I wanted something to put my head in and keep my mind occupied without going stupid. It was just bare ground when I came here 10 years ago. We are about halfway through the building now with another 10 years to go.”
Much of the work has been done by Mark himself with the aid of daughter Nikkiska and son Ky-ell. “The kids have been a big part of it. My daughter and myself we built that 12-car carport on our own.
“My mates think I’m crackers. But when you make it yourself, that where you get the kick out of it.”…

See some behind the scenes video footage here.