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Wyaga Homestead

  • 600940
  • Millmerran Road, Goondiwindi

General

Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
5 May 1995
Type
Pastoralism: Homestead
Theme
6.4 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings: Dwellings
Construction period
1862, Wyaga Homestead (1862c - 1862c)
Historical period
1840s–1860s Mid-19th century

Location

Address
Millmerran Road, Goondiwindi
LGA
Goondiwindi Regional Council
Coordinates
-28.16678105, 150.64748681

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

The surviving sections of the c1862 Wyaga Homestead demonstrate a now rare aspect of Queensland's cultural heritage, in particular, 19th century building practices which are no longer in common use. The surviving sections of the c1862 homestead have the potential to contribute to an understanding of the development of building technology in Queensland.

Criterion BThe place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage.

The surviving sections of the c1862 Wyaga Homestead demonstrate a now rare aspect of Queensland's cultural heritage, in particular, 19th century building practices which are no longer in common use.

Criterion CThe place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Queensland’s history.

The surviving sections of the c1862 homestead have the potential to contribute to an understanding of the development of building technology in Queensland.

History

Wyaga is situated north-east of Goondiwindi and is thought to be one of the oldest cattle runs in the original Darling Downs district, when the Wyaga run of approximately 60 000 acres was leased by David Perrier in 1849.

By the late 1850s Wyaga had been acquired by Thomas de Lacy Moffatt, and W M Turner. Moffatt was the MLA for Western Downs from 1860-1864 and Colonial Treasurer from 1862-1864. In 1860 it was acquired by Donald Gunn senior. The improvements on the property included a woolshed and several huts. A homestead was built for Gunn c1862 from timber hand sawn on the property, with a shingle roof and using square, hand made nails.

Gunn sold Wyaga to the Holmes family c1863, and the property passed through a number of hands before being acquired in the 1890s by Thomas Cook and Hugh Munro as part of their grazing empire. The property had been progressively reduced in area.

After Thomas Cook's death in 1912, the property was bought by Munro. In 1913 a new partnership was created between Munro and FC Turner. The Wyaga merino stud was founded in 1938. A number of outbuildings, including a new woolshed are believed to have been constructed in the 1930s. The partnership between Munro and Turner was dissolved in 1944, and the Wyaga Partnership created. By the 1950s Wyaga was running both cattle and sheep.

The homestead was substantially altered and extended, possibly during the 1950s. Wyaga remained in the Munro family until 1975. It was acquired by the present owners in 1982.

Description

The core of the c1862 homestead consists of a simple north-south running rectangular plan with a verandah along the western frontage, and remains of a verandah along the eastern frontage. The end rooms have been altered and extended, however the central living and dining rooms remain mostly intact. These rooms have double leaf french doors, with louvres to the outer leaf and glazed timber doors to the inner leaf; the doors have casement fanlights above. The interiors are lined with wide horizontal painted timbers, and boarded ceilings.

The western wall has deep chamferboards which may be pit-sawn. The verandah has been closed in with flyscreen, but retains its splayed, chamfered verandah posts. The eastern verandah has been extended out to the east to form part of a large living room; the verandah posts, also splayed and chamfered, are now in the centre of this room, which links the original homestead remains to the rest of the later additions.

An appreciation of the overall form of the house, including the now corrugated iron-clad gambrel roof, can be gleaned from the west, and a substantial brick chimney rises above the ridge of the roof.

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Location

Location of Wyaga Homestead within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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