Australiana Challenges … 2010
South East Australia … April 2012
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
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.