Homestead to revive a bygone era
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.