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Croote Cottage is situated 5 km out of the tiny township of Goolagong, along the Kangarooby Rd. in New South Wales, Australia. Croote Cottage is a truly historic pioneer homestead which was built by convict labour in 1827. This four roomed cottage is one of Australia’s oldest surviving residences and it is certainly one of the oldest extant buildings west of
the Great Dividing Range. The homestead was occupied by John Dowd and his wife from 1837 and is still owned by their
descendants.

The building originally had shutters instead of windows and a shingle roof. There are wooden plugs in the 20-cm walls. These plugs fill holes which were made to shoot through in case of attack by marauders. The fear of attack is also the reason for the trapdoor which leads to a subterranean excavation where women and children were to be hidden.

Today the cottage has authentic period furnishings and although no longer open to the public, can be viewed by appointment.

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Comments

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnover 4 years ago

    Boy! it’s older than me
    It looks very well cared for
    thanks for sharing this Trish
    cheers
    Gray

  • And a little older than me too …. :)
    Thanks for commenting Gray, it is well cared for indeed!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    A great old building. Nice photo Trish.

  • Thank you Michael! It was quite fascinating walking around (outside only), the chimney was particularly intriguing, as were various external artifacts.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    I just adore old cottages such as this with all their rustic charm and romance. I dunno where the current occupants hid the TV aerial but I’m glad they did hehe. That would have been the last straw! No Hills hoist either. Lovely shot, Trish, and how I’d love to call something like this home.

  • It is quite lovely Gary! No TV antenna to be seen (just checked the shots from the other three sides) and I chopped most of the power line off the top. There is a big water tank that spoils what I think would have been the better view of the building. No noisy neighbours and if I remember correctly, the sealed road becomes a dirt one before reaching there (but don’t quote me on that).
    For a bit of “romance”, it is said that Ben Hall once broke in, but finding the owner ill in bed offered him money for a doctor!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    A great old country cottage!

  • Thanks Michael, it is indeed!

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    A lovely, quaint cottage.

  • Thanks Byron, a little piece of Aussie history!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 4 years ago

    A great image of a lovely, quaint piece of Aussie history, Trish!!!

  • Thanks so much Phil! I would have preferred another angle, but there was an ugly water tank in the way. I found it most interesting.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 4 years ago

    Hello trish what a splendid ole building & so full of history, you’ve made so very interesting

  • Thanks so much Malcolm!
    We do a bit of research before setting of on a trip and this proved well worth the deviation there and back from the main path of our travels that day.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and this charming old cottage !

  • Judy, thanks so much, it is quite charming!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 4 years ago

    stunning shot

  • Thanks for your stunning comment Martina!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Fantastic old place Trish, waonderful capture!

  • Kerry, thanks so much for your comments!
    It was a fascinating place to walk around and although unable to go inside, we spent some time investigating outside.

    – Trish Meyer

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