Year Built: 1939
Alternate Name(s): Upper Grassy Creek Hut, Oldfields Hut
Condition: Good
HMO: Namadgi

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Waterhole is located upstream on Grassy Creek, from Westermans homestead, almost on the southern ACT border with NSW. It cannot be seen from the fire trail, so following the creek upstream from the old yards, is the easiest way to find it.

Brief History

Waterhole hut was built by the then owner, Thomas Oldfield, his son Jack and Henry Tyrie in 1939, to support grazing.

Stones were used from the old homestead nearby, for the base to the chimney. the old homestead had been occupied by Thomas Westerman's mother with her second husband, Francis Dwyer.

The stock yards nearby, are of note, incorporating large granite boulders. In 2004 and 2005, the hut was fully restored by KHA and the caretakers.

Construction

Waterhole is a simple iron hut with a dirt floor. The pole and iron chimney has fallen over and will be re-built in the coming year. The floor was originally timber, and will also be replaced. The door and verandah are both now missing, but KHA has photographs showing how it originally looked, to aid renovation.

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Waterhole Hut is on the Namadgi Historic Homestad Triangle. Download the brochure here.

References

  • M Sexton - pers comm
  • Matthew Higgins - pers comm.
  • KHA Reference Number is 1704

Last updated 22 November 2020