Clarendon Colonial Agricultural Heritage: progress reports

Progress report one (November 2009)

Revised quotes for the house painting and landscaping have been sought.

Contract work has commenced on stabilisation of the shearer's cottage, and conservation of the convict quarters, coach house, stone barn and shearing shed.

Preliminary planning of the interpretation has also commenced.

Progress report two (March 2010)

Work has commenced on conservation of the Coach House, including stabilisation and repair of the external brick walls and provision of electricity. Work is also underway on the stone barn.

Works on the shearing shed are basically complete. Activities included the stabilisation and repair of external brick walls, repairs on the roof including the skylights, and completion of floor repairs.

The scale of the overall project has been expanded with the provision of state government funding. This includes the more extensive house painting, with three sides of building and service wing complete, and a separate contract let for repainting the water damaged interior walls.

Substantial progress has been made on grounds maintenance, with the stabilisation and reconstruction of the brick garden wall.

Significant work has been undertaken on interpretation modules for the house, and in developing the conservation centre including storage and display of the open collection. Preliminary work on interpretation of the shearing shed has commenced.

Final result

The Clarendon Colonial Agricultural Heritage project has been successfully completed, and has been critical to the immediate and long term conservation and preservation of the heritage values of this significant heritage site. The works have addressed a number of threats to the integrity of the site's built fabric, and has enabled interpretation of the agricultural heritage of the property for the first time.

Works included wall repairs; roofing repairs; guttering repairs; flooring repairs; window repairs; electrical services; lime washing and painting; stabilisation of foundations; repairs to stairs; arboricultural works; and interpretation works.

The works were undertaken within the guidelines established by the Conservation Management Plan prepared for the property, and were carried out by experienced trades workers using traditional building techniques as far as practicable. Trades included an aborist, hedge layer, bricklayers, locksmith, horticulturalists, carpenters, electricians, stonemasons, painters, plasterers, communication technicians, scaffolders, pest exterminators and trades assistants.

The project has also increased community involvement in the site, with the establishment of a new volunteer property support group. Community use of the site has also increased, with two community based initiatives being planned at the site: a three day conference on contemporary rural issues, and a major plant sale.