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Longford - Day 4

Sunday 9 February 2014

Weather forecast for Longford for today was 9 to 31 Degrees. A late change was also forecast with wind gusts to 40 knots during the afternoon.

We started the day with eggs and bacon cooked on the BabyQ - a frequent Sunday morning pleasure! During the morning we could feel the wind strength increasing so we decided to pack away the sun shades and the awning just to be safe. We have been caught out before not rolling up the awning when strong winds are forecast. As the Weather Bureau says on its web-site winds can be 40% stronger than predicted and today was no exception - Hobart got gusts to 130 kph, or about 70 knots. After lunch we drove over to Woolmer's Estate for a few photos.

Woolmer's is one of several Estates owned by the extended Archer family. Thomas Archer came to Longford in 1817 after serving 5 years as Deputy Commissary of the Stores at Port Dalrymple, and was granted 800 acres of land on the banks of the Macquarie River. Woolmer's Cottage was built in 1818 with the help of convict labour and the homestead was extended several times over the years. The property eventually grew to more than 12,000 acres, however the family had little interest in farming and spent most of their time in England, leasing the property to others to manage. After the Second World War another wave of disapproval rose against absentee landlords, and the Soldier Settlement Scheme reduced Woolmer's to about 640 acres, vastly reducing the estate income.

Woolmer's from the front gate

Woolmer's from the front gate

Woolmer's Cottage

Woolmer's Cottage

Visitor centre and accommadation cottages

Visitor centre and accommadation cottages

Woolmer's machinery shed

Woolmer's machinery shed

Convict built cottage

Convict built cottage

Old Barn at Woolmers

Old Barn at Woolmers

Posted by TwoAces 01:22

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