Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Bussell cottage chosen for State heritage listing

    1/11/2011 12:00 AM
    • Pioneering family cottage at ‘Cattle Chosen’ is State heritage listed
    • One of the earliest known colonial residences still existing in WA

    The achievements of Western Australia’s colonial pioneering family, the Bussells, have been recognised through the State heritage listing of one of their earliest cottages.


    The cottage at Cattle Chosen in Busselton, has been continuously owned and operated as a farm by John Bussell and his descendants since 1834.


    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said Cattle Chosen presents a highly influential moment in our colonial history.


    “The foundation of Cattle Chosen led to the development of the Vasse region as an important agricultural district,” Mr Castrilli said.


    “The popular seaside town of Busselton was named after John Bussell and his younger brothers and sisters.”


    The Minister said the cottage at Cattle Chosen was a unique two-storey wattle and daub residence built by John Bussell in 1840 as an addition to the main house.


    “The Bussell family made an important contribution to the development of WA and it is only fitting that one of their earliest family homes is included in the State Register of Heritage Places,” he said.


    “The State Register recognises and celebrates the places that help tell the story of the development of this State and how they have shaped our identity as West Australians.”


          Fact File

    • Cattle Chosen has operated as a working farm for 177 years by the pioneering Bussell family
    • State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council

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