Home­stead to re­vive a by­gone era

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Jon Sol­mund­son

Car­namah’s land­care and his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties will work to­gether to bring a lit­tle of the old days back to the Macpher­son Home­stead.

Car­namah Land­care chair­woman Paulina Wit­twer said she had been dis­cussing the home­stead with a col­league and they agreed it was a lovely build­ing that did not re­ceive enough at­ten­tion.

“I’ve al­ways thought that nat­u­ral his­tory and her­itage his­tory have this link, and it’s re­ally good to ex­plore it,” she said.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful old home­stead, and the fact it was orig­i­nally a work­ing farm, there’s so much his­tory there.

“I just wanted to bring it to the com­mu­nity and link in about how things were done back in the day, which when you think about it, are re­ally land­care prin­ci­ples.”

Ms Wit­twer said the event had in­volved a great col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween peo­ple through­out the com­mu­nity, who helped come up with ideas of how to cel­e­brate the home­stead’s her­itage or how to go about achiev­ing those ideas.

A butcher at Three Springs has been sav­ing sheep joints so peo­ple can play knuck­le­bones with ac­tual bones, old horse­shoes have been do­nated for a more au­then­tic game of quoits and there will be demonstrations of rust print­ing and stone carv­ing as well as plenty of old favourites such as skit­tles and egg and spoon and three-legged races.

Car­namah His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ge­orge Fowler said or­gan­is­ers had cleaned out the home­stead, hung up the kerosene lamps with new wicks, and it was all ready for a spe­cial open­ing later this week.

Mr Fowler said the home­stead was set­tled by the Macpher­sons in 1868, and was used as a home­stead un­til a lit­tle over 30 years ago, when it “be­came a dump­ing ground for old car tyres, TVs and what have you”.

“It’s a stone dwelling but with 14foot ceil­ings, so it was a big stone build­ing,” he said.

“I think be­tween us we spent 800 hours try­ing to re­store the place.

“It was just a mess. It’s up to the stan­dard now where a pen­sioner could live in it, and we do have all kinds of peo­ple ask if they can come live in it but un­for­tu­nately, we have to turn them back.”

The home­stead is open to vis­i­tors, as it will be for Fri­day’s free event, By­gone Days and Land­care Ways. Peo­ple of all ages are wel­come to at­tend the event, which will be­gin with an af­ter­noon tea of wat­tle seed cake at 3.30pm, and an even­ing meal to be shared at 6.30pm.

The Macpher­son Home­stead will of­fer vis­i­tors a place to learn about his­tory and car­ing for the land this Fri­day. Pic­ture: Shire of Car­namah

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