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Minnie Creek Station

Author

Shire of Upper Gascoyne

Place Number

15418
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Location

Ullawarra Rd Gascoyne

Location Details

Local Government

Upper Gascoyne

Region

Gascoyne

Construction Date

Constructed from 1913

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 29 Oct 1999 Category 2

Category 2

SIGNIFICANT TO THE HERITAGE OF THE SHIRE. High level of protection appropriate: provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. Prepare a floor plan and photographically record the place prior to any redevelopment.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 29 Oct 1999 Category 2

Category 2

SIGNIFICANT TO THE HERITAGE OF THE SHIRE. High level of protection appropriate: provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. Prepare a floor plan and photographically record the place prior to any redevelopment.

Statement of Significance

Minnie Creek Homestead and outbuildings have considerable historic significance as evidence
of the developments within the pastoral industry in the district. The grouping of buildings is
characteristic of pastoral homestead complexes. The place exhibits considerable aesthetic
merit through its use of local materials, large scale and relative intactness.

Physical Description

Minnie Creek Station is located north of Gascoyne Junction and consists of the main homestead, kitchen/dining building, meathouse and a number of outbuildings. The large shaped homestead is of stone construction with a hipped corrugated iron roof. The roof extends to cover surrounding verandahs which are supported on bush timber posts. French doors open onto the verandah which has been concreted. The pointed stone walls have been rendered with cement to 3/4 metre height following flood damage to the stonework. An enclosed breezeway joins the stone section of the homestead to a timber framed and iron clad wing which also has surrounding verandahs. Situated immediately to the east is the separate kitchen and dining building and beyond that is the meat-house. This structure is dominated by a steep pitched corrugated iron roof which is supported on bush timber posts. The lower walls are of ripple iron with fly wire above. The outbuildings include a concrete block office which was originally the laundry, a brick bathroom, jackaroos' quarters, a stone store and workshop, a cement brick cottage and an airplane hangar.

History

Pioneered by Kenneth Durwent Messer, Minnie Creek was once part of the Gifford Creek lease
which was owned by Septimus Burt. Taking its name from the nearby Minnie Creek, in 1913 a
stone homestead was built on the property in which Kenneth lived with his wife Hilda. Like the
other stations in the area, Minnie Creek was badly affected by the drought years between 1936-
42 with sheep numbers drastically decreased. Following the death of Ken Messer in 1940 the
station was run by a succession of managers, including Fred and Francis Nelson who were at :.-e
property for 14 years. In 1973 the Meecham brothers purchased Minnie Creek Station and the
adjoining Mt Sandiman lease, both of which were bought by Ian and Jiil Dobson in 1980.
Following lan's tragic death the stations were sold to John and Pam Leeds. In 1984 the Leeds
family bought Mangaroon Station and ran the property from Minnie Creek. The leases were sold
to the Mullens family in 1989 and the present owners and occupiers are John and Jenny Fraser.
(McDonald, R.. 'Winning the Gascoyne', Hesperian Press, Perth, 1991, pp.36-3.)

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity: Medium

Condition

Good

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
McDonald, R; "Winning the Gascoyne". p. 96-99 Hesperian Press, Carlisle, WA. 1991

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
4134 Winning the Gascoyne. Book 1991

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
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Local Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Early settlers
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying

Creation Date

29 Feb 2000

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

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