Year Built: 1916
Alternate Name(s): Lons Vale, Gundah
Condition: Good
HMO: Namadgi

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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.

Brief History

This is a homestead, built 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.

Construction

Westermans is a substantial dwelling of five rooms, now beautifully restored. It is renowned for its scalloped bargeboards, and solid stone chimneys.

This hut is on the Namadgi Historic Homestead Triangle. View the brochure here.


References

  • M Sexton - pers comm.
  • Matthew Higgins - pers comm.
  • KHA Reference Number is 1801

Last updated 22 November 2020