His­toric home to open

Pub­lic of­fered chance to see Wood­stock House restora­tion

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

HIS­TORIC Wood­stock House, at Plump­ton, will open for the first time to the pub­lic this Satur­day.

Black­town Coun­cil has re­stored the orig­i­nal home of en­tre­pre­neur Wal­ter Lamb, who pur­chased the tract of land at Plump­ton in 1872.

Now the work to bring the build­ing back to life is com­plete, and the pub­lic will get a rare chance to take in one of the re­gion’s most im­por­tant prop­er­ties.

“The Wood­stock site has great her­itage and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance,” Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said.

“It plays an im­por­tant role in help­ing us un­der­stand the story of Black­town city – our rich his­tory, our iden­tity and our peo­ple.

“We have been able to re­tain many of the orig­i­nal fea­tures and in­tegrity, while en­sur­ing it has a dignified and vi­able future.”

Mr Lamb used the 1012ha he bought to de­velop a cat­tle breed­ing busi­ness.

By 1889, he had built a home­stead made up of three sep­a­rate pavil­ions.

The NSW Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage de­scribed the build­ings as a “rare and fine ex­am­ple” of Vic­to­rian coun­try home­stead with Geor­gian style.

Tas­man Storey, of Trop­man and Trop­man Ar­chi­tects, over­saw the restora­tion.

“It was in fairly bad re­pair when we first came across ... the aim ini­tially was to re­store it, be­cause they are mag­nif­i­cent build­ings with Geor­gian pro­por­tions,” Mr Storey said.

Now beau­ti­fully re­stored, Wood­stock House at Plump­ton was used, at one time, as a club­house for a nearby trot­ting club be­fore it fell into dis­re­pair.

Wood­stock House, at Plump­ton, was ex­ten­sively and painstak­ingly re­stored af­ter Black­town Coun­cil bought it in 2010.

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