Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Boost for Esperance heritage

    1/08/2005 12:00 AM

    The heritage listing of the Esperance district’s second oldest homestead has secured a bright future for the 133-year-old landmark.

    The Lynburn Homestead and Shearing Shed, at Thomas River east of Esperance, have been recognised in the State Register of Heritage Places.

    Heritage Minister Francis Logan congratulated the owners’ commitment to the site, which has recently been restored with the help of a $6,100 State Government grant.

    “Lynburn Homestead and Shearing Shed are highly significant to all Western Australians, with the homestead being among the State’s oldest heritage treasures,” Mr Logan said.

    “It was the second station to be established in the Esperance area and reflects a way of life in the early days of European settlement in rural areas of WA.”

    The $6,100 grant allowed the owners to replace the homestead’s roof and make repairs to ensure the historic homestead was water tight to protect the original fabric.

    “Its heritage status will now enable the place to be considered as a priority for heritage grants for any future conservation works,” the Minister said.

    "The Gallop Government has a clear vision for our State, to make WA a better place to live in by protecting our unique lifestyle.

    "Heritage listing helps us to maintain the lifestyle we have come to enjoy and cherish."

    Mr Logan encouraged the community to get behind conserving places of significance to ensure the register reflected community views and values.

    The Lynburn Homestead and the Shearing Shed were built by Campbell Taylor, who owned and lived in the property from 1871 until his death in 1900. Mr Taylor was one of the earliest European settlers in the Esperance region.

    “The quaint stone homestead is highly valued by the local community, with school groups visiting for history, social studies, art and literature lessons,” the Minister said.

    A public comment period about the place is now open until August 29.

    Minister's office: 9222 9850