Guests en­joy his­toric home

The Tatura Guardian - - People - By Rhi­an­non Tuffield

One of Tatura’s most iconic homes opened its doors to the pub­lic on the week­end to raise money for char­ity.

When Niths­dale was built in 1921, Tatura was a fairly small town and the home was on a farm.

Owner Phyl Mac­tier opened the Thom­son St home to a whop­ping 300 guests to sup­port Tatura Ir­ri­ga­tion and Wartime Camps Mu­seum, set to re­ceive the pro­ceeds from the char­ity day.

‘‘I’ve been a care­taker all the time of this (home) and I just think if I don’t share it with the com­mu­nity now it won’t be shared,’’ she said.

Vis­i­tors from across the re­gion and fur­ther afield vis­ited and were treated to an af­ter­noon tea in the gar­dens.

Tatura His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Steve Barnard said the close to $4000 raised was a fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the restora­tion of lo­cal his­tory.

‘‘This func­tion has been a great way to raise funds for lo­cal his­tory, which prob­a­bly hasn’t had enough fund­ing in the past,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s some­thing that’s very sig­nif­i­cant to the lo­cal com­mu­nity here, we’re a very ac­tive part of the com­mu­nity and we’ve known Phyl for a long time.’’

Mr Barnard said he would like to thank Ms Mac­tier for open­ing up her home.

‘‘I’d also like to thank Sue Mancini for her or­gan­i­sa­tion of the whole event,’’ he said.

Mr Barnard also thanked those who do­nated raf­fle prizes, which in­cluded a water­colour by June Co­hen.

‘‘The win­ner Dot Cle­ment was de­lighted to re­ceive the paint­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘Thank you to all the com­mu­nity mem­bers who got in­volved, too.’’

Beau­ti­ful: The gar­den at his­tor­i­cal in Tatura.

Check­ing it out: Tatura His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Steve Barnard stands in the home’s old dairy.

Yummy: Guests were treated to an af­ter­noon tea af­ter tour­ing the iconic home.

Ma­jes­tic: The front of the iconic home known as

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