A piece of history has been restored to its former glory and returned home.
On Tuesday, members from the Uranquinty Men's Shed returned a historic pulpit to the Kapooka Chapel after an extensive restoration.
David Harding, the coordinating chaplain for the Army Recruit Training Centre, said it is understood the pulpit was originally donated to the army base in the 1950s from a now unknown local church in Wagga.
He said the pulpit fell into disuse with the establishment of the current Soldiers' Chapel and subsequently neglected for decades, most recently in storage at the Kapooka Golf Club.
"It would be wonderful to find out more about the actual origins," Mr Harding said. "It was deteriorating and probably would not have lasted much longer, but it's a piece of history and it's great to have it here."
Mr Harding said it was a pulpit typically seen in churches from the turn on the century and could be up to 100 years old.
Ged Madden, treasurer of the Uranquinty Men's Shed, said it took 12 months to properly restore the wooden structure.
"Every member has played a role," he said. "We took it apart bit by bit, did some sanding, and found wood that would match.
"It was very weathered and damaged when we got it.
"It was quite a major project ... we are really proud of it."
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