Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Blair Jack­son

TOODYAY’S his­toric Syred’s Cot­tage, built in 1859, is up for sale as the Shire looks for a buyer who will pre­serve the his­tor­i­cal prop­erty.

Wil­liam Syred, the first set­tler to Be­jo­ord­ing, built a mud­brick house and black­smith shop on a hectare of land 26km from Toodyay town cen­tre.

A school was built in the 1860s and ticket of leave men were em­ployed as teach­ers and farm labour­ers.

The build­ing is two sin­gle- storey dwellings joined by a breeze­way.

Ac­cord­ing to the Shire of Toodyay, the cot­tage holds his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance and rep­re­sents ru­ral set­tle­ment in the Avon Val­ley and there are po­ten­tially “sub- sur­face ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains”.

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