Heritage Council Tours Historic Rural Properties

Tasmanian Heritage Council's members at Patterdale, John Glover's home

Tasmania’s Northern Midlands was the destination for the Tasmanian Heritage Council’s annual regional meeting.

The regional meetings give members of the Heritage Council the opportunity to meet a wide array of people, and discuss ideas around heritage and the issues facing custodians of heritage properties. This year’s meeting had a specific focus of historic heritage properties in rural and remote areas.

The trip started with the Heritage Council convening its monthly meeting in Campbell Town. Immediately after this they boarded a bus and visited several historically significant farming properties in the region. Members were able to gain an insight into the juggle of maintaining a working farm, and sympathetically restoring and maintaining heritage buildings and structures.

Walking tour of Campbell Town

Venturing on foot, the second day started with a historic walking tour of Campbell Town. Members were thrilled to learn about the town’s colonial days, and which structures remain. So much has changed – including the route of the Macquarie River!

The next visit was to St Andrew’s Church, now known as ‘The Church’, which is being converted into a café and reception venue. An application for the conversion and development has recently been approved by both the Northern Midlands Council and the Tasmanian Heritage Council. It was a fantastic opportunity for members to receive feedback on the process, and what hurdles exist for anyone embarking on these types of conversions and developments.

Heading further North, members visited John Glover’s grave at the Nile Chapel in Deddington, before visiting his former residence. The property is undergoing extensive restoration work. The main house was not far from collapse before the current owners began the important process of saving this amazing piece of Tasmania’s history.

Sharing stories with the National Trust Board and volunteers at Clarendon

The final stop on this whirlwind tour was Clarendon House for afternoon tea with National Trust Tasmania board members, volunteers, and friends.

The Tasmanian Heritage Council is deeply appreciative of all owners of heritage properties, and volunteers, who help to maintain Tasmania’s significant heritage places. They not only keep structures in good order but also help to keep the stories of Tasmania’s past alive.

(Text and images Kym Cundall)

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