Westermans is located 1.5 kilometres over a rise, on the path immediately adjacent to the border with NSW. The start is marked by a metal stile over the fence. It is shown on the Tantangara 1:100,000 map.
This hut is on the Namadgi Historic Homestead Triangle. View the brochure here.
Photo: Courtesy of Narelle Irvine.
Also known as Westermans Homestead and Lons Vale. This is the third building on this site, hence the name "No.3".
Westermans is a substantial dwelling of five rooms, now beautifully restored. It is renowned for its scalloped bargeboards, and solid stone chimneys.
This is a homestead, built in 1916 by Bruce Jeffery for grazing. It was originally occupied by Selena Westerman and Bruce Jeffrey, and later by Selena's parents, Thomas and Mary Westerman. It replaced a small mud brick house with a shingle roof, which was placed about 50 m to the south and a second house immediately behind this one. The ruins remain visible.
A Westerman baby and adult daughter are buried nearby in a visible grave, up the hill from the house.
In the late 1990s, a team of KHA volunteers, led by Maurie Sexton, spent many hundreds of hours restoring the homestead to its original form. Mr Sexton received a well earnt award from the ACT Heritage Commission, for this restoration and that of Brayshaws.
Caretakers - KHA
- M Sexton - pers comm.
- Matthew Higgins - pers comm.
- KHA Reference Number is 1801
Profile last updated 7 March 2018.