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Barnong Station

Author

Shire of Yalgoo

Place Number

02783
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Location

Morawa-Yalgoo Rd Yalgoo

Location Details

Inc: Detached Meathouse & Old Staff Quarters

Local Government

Yalgoo

Region

Midwest

Construction Date

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Jun 1996 Category 2

Category 2

High level of protection appropriate: provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place.

Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 02 Sep 1985

Heritage Council
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 26 Oct 2018

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

The Barnong Station Homestead has historic significance for its role in the development of the pastoral industry in the Yalgoo district. It has further historic significance for its association with pioneers Michael Morrissey and Charles Morrissey. The place has aesthetic value with use of local stone unifying the structures and the warm colour and texture of the stone creating visual interest.

Physical Description

Constructed from late 1890s.

The Barnong Station Homestead Complex consists of the main house, the kitchen and dining rooms, meat house, old staff quarters, shearing shed, workers' and shearers' quarters. The house has been built in two sections with the stone for the newer part having been quarried less than a kilometre away. The original house has two rooms, a dining room and an office, which has pug walls. The exterior walls have a concrete render to sill height, this being a measure to curb the damp problems. The kitchen/dining building, which also included the cook's bedroom, pantry, and store to the south side, is of stone construction with a pitched roof and lean-to roof covering the rear section. It has recessed windows and doors with timber sills and lintels. The dining room features french doors and timber plank ceilings. The store has timber floors and no ceiling. The building shows signs of erosion. The verandahs feature slab stone floors and both steel and rough gimlet verandah posts. A newer addition has been constructed to the west elevation.

Immediately east of the kitchen building is the meat house, laundry block and staff quarters. This stone building has a gable roof clad with corrugated iron and side lean-to roofs. All openings are recessed with timber lintels and sills. The homestead and garden, which includes an old pepper tree growing over a spring, is enclosed by a fence. The shearing shed and quarters, dating from the 1920s or later, are timber framed and clad with corrugated iron. One section has weatherboard cladding. Surrounding the shearing shed are substantial stock yards. The outbuildings consist of quarters, a cook's/maid's room, the contractor's room and shearers' quarters. They are small, simple buildings of rectangular plan with gable roofs and no adornment.

History

A number of smaller leases, which later became known as Barnong, were taken up in the early 1870s. Names associated with these leases included Waldeck, Maley and Robert Bell. By 1888 a number of these leases were registered to either C. Crowthers or C.J. Wainwright. From 1872 Michael Morrissey had commenced acquiring various small leases combining them into one property. In 1898 Charles Mitchell purchased several blocks and, over several years, added to this holding. Trading as Barnong Station, Mitchell used the old Gullewa Homestead as the centre, as it remains today. The original house and kitchen building was built by Michael Morrissey. Barnong Station includes the old mining centres of Gullewa, Mugga Mugga, Cagacaroon and Ederga as well as the former Wurarga railway siding and hotel. [Site Nos 14 & 15] [A. Palmer, Yalgoo]

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: Medium Degree
Modifications: New addition to house.

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
A Palmer; "Yalgoo". 1985
Heritage Council of WA Database File
National Trust Assessment Form

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
5921 Off-shears : the story of shearing sheds in Western Australia. Book 2002

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use FARMING\PASTORAL Homestead
Original Use FARMING\PASTORAL Homestead

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Other Stone
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying

Creation Date

30 May 1989

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

Disclaimer

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