Tasmanian Heritage Council's members at Patterdale, John Glover's home
Northern Midlands was the destination for the Tasmanian Heritage Council’s
annual regional meeting.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Sharing stories with the National Trust Board and volunteers at Clarendon
stop on this whirlwind tour was Clarendon House for afternoon tea with National
Trust Tasmania board members, volunteers, and friends.
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)