- 19th century Margaret River estate of Alfred and Ellen Bussell to be conserved
The historic Ellensbrook property, near Margaret River, will be conserved and made more accessible to the community and visitors with $676,291 funding from Lotterywest.
Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said restoring the 1857 homestead and other buildings was important because the life of the Bussells at Ellensbrook added to the understanding of Western Australia's colonial heritage, rural development and relationships with Aboriginal people.
"Alfred and Ellen Bussell overcame many struggles on the land to become successful pioneers and their Ellensbrook home shows the social and economic conditions of the time," Mr Jacob said.
"Over the decades, the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The family sold beef, butter and cheese with much of their success due to the practical skills and energy of Ellen and two of her daughters."
Between 1871 and 1877 the eldest Bussell daughter Fanny managed the homestead, dairy production and beef cattle. In 1899, the second daughter Edith established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children.
"Ellensbrook can also be seen as a leader in the early tourism industry in the South-West by providing accommodation and quality produce from a region that is now known around the world for excellent food," the Minister said.
The Lotterywest funds will go towards stabilising walls, timber conservation, drainage and removing inappropriate restorations which are damaging the original building. Landscaping will include paths, fencing, reinstating the water wheel and conserving the weir. Outdoor furniture will be provided for picnics and to encourage more people to visit.
Archaeological and historical research will look more closely at the Aboriginal significance of the site and fill in gaps in understanding the European developments. Signs will be installed to interpret Aboriginal and European heritage values.
The Liberal National Government is also revitalising key heritage sites through the $4 million Heritage Revolving Fund. This fund has enabled the restoration of the Fremantle Warders' Cottages and the former Coogee Hotel and Post Office.
Ellensbrook is on the Register of State Heritage Places and has been managed by the National Trust of Australia (WA) since 1978.
WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations
Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community
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