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Plans for Hill Station Homestead

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I have a soft spot for this historic Canberra homestead.



This interest is probably because I have watched the industrial suburb of Hume envelope Hill Station over 30 years. The property was restored in the 1980s and was developed into a function centre/ restaurant of some note.

I actually missed this Canberra Times Article from April. The plans for restoration of the Hill Station Homestead in Hume.

I still think there is a golden opportunity in this unloved building. It will be interesting who takes advantage
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The issue of slow breeding Kangaroos

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I will be directing any further correspondence about the matter to this page.


Recently, and to my puzzlement, after expressing an opinion on the annual Kangaroo cull, several times admittedly, I have received more than normal correspondence questioning my questioning of the methodology of determining cull numbers. If your not interested turn off now.

I'm going to make it as clear as possible where my thinking is coming from. This is not a political post because I am not a political type but it does contain a political adjournment speech by a greens member.

Apparently my fault has been the actual questioning of a small part of the methodology of calculation used to determine the numbers of the cull, that of reproductive rates and the public misconception that "they breed like rabbits".

I'm not even saying don't cull in preservation of grasslands but I question this myth of yearly population explosion here, and although not relevant to the ACT, the economic lie that …

The state of Dave's ACT

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I'm taking the time tonight to mark a bit of a milestone for this weblog which won't probably happen for 24-48 hours but I will be busy.


A bit of a ramble covering 4 years and a recent turnover of 500,000 page views.

Back in 2010 when I first started posting to this blog it was simply to share photos and video & jot a few notes. At the time I had sold a small property in the mountains I lived on for a few years and upon returning was keen to revisit or learn of interesting historical sites, old stories and what was to become a large collection of Canberra centric National Library heritage newspaper clippings.

All the clippings and video are cited to the source although there may be oversights but they would be rare I expect. It used to worry me I was perhaps breaking some copyright law but in due time the blog was indexed by Pandora so I suppose it is not an issue.

I'll also make comment on the thousands of links displayed over the years. It is impossible to check, maint…

Blundell's Cottage protests.

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An interesting recent Canberra Times article mentioning the protests by Canberrans to successfully prevent the destruction of the building last century. Blundell's cottage - Built in history, nestled in time.


Something I wrote in 2010...

"This small stone cottage was built about 1860 as a home for workers on the Duntroon Estate. The stone is the same as that used in St John's Church and Schoolhouse, locally quarried from Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie. A number of families lived in the cottage over the hundred years it was occupied. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the cottage is historically significant as the structure dates back to 1860 and is perhaps the last remaining building of that time along the banks of what is now Lake Burley Griffin but what was once the Molonglo River.

The cottage was part of the 32,000 acre Duntroon Estate owned by Robert Campbell (1769 - 1846) (bio here).Ploughman William Ginn and his family were the first to live in…

Look out for illegal yabbie traps in ACT Waterways

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I mentioned this last August in Call to report illegal ACT fishing.


The Canberra Times reports Anglers warned to look out for illegal tabby traps.

Put simply these funnel traps are certain death for platypus. They are submerged and are designed for yabbies to crawl in through a funnel that collapses at the 'ring' opening so that access is easy whilst exit is impossible. For an air breathing monotreme entering for a meal of captured crustacean this is certain death from drowning.


These traps are, and sensibly so, illegal in the Australian Capital Territory. Local waterways and our upper reaches of the Murrumbidgee are prime, and in a lot of cases recovering, habitats for Platypus.


Anyway... At the time of the August post I mentioned to the goodly Minister of the time the daftness of allowing these traps to be sold in ACT stores. From memory I was fobbed off politely.

Once again I'm not going to get hung up on it but these things are available here to kids for under 10 bucks. It…

Namadgi National Park from the air

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I liked this.


Just a link to a short video that popped up in my email alerts for Namadgi from the Canberra Times media section. A bit of a window into the plains and valleys of the ACT's highlands. I'd like to see a longer version.

The Canberra Times media section link.

ACT Doves

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It's satisfying to know that something you enjoy doing, a hobby so to speak, has a value and a market.


For me this has turned out to be pigeons. Not road peckers mind. These pigeons have been chosen for their bloodlines & characteristics & are capable of flying hundreds of kilometres to find & return to their home loft.

My Dad kept pigeons and I today have a small racing flock of coloured pigeons and although some are valuable to me & racing folk they hold no commercial value as a product.

At my daughters' request, I undertook the work & expense to set-up a breeding flock to provide a flock of brilliantly white birds for their new ceremonial dove release business located here in Canberra.

In the process a system was designed and implemented and 2 breeding lofts house 15 pairs producing starter flocks of 20-30 young un-homed birds genetically capable of fulfilling the requirements of a ceremonial release bird.

Without waffling too much I had planned to sell any…

An update on Hill Station Homestead

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Inspired by an article from the Canberra Times describing the disgraceful deterioration of a majestic heritage property surviving in what is now a southern Canberra industrial suburb.


What is sad is the building would suit any number of commercial activities seeking a unique environment to operate . This is some information I collected on the buildings history in 2010. This building has been left unused a long time now...

"The main homestead building of Hill station dates back to circa 1909 but the property was part of the 1830s rural expansion in the district. Hill Station is recorded as an entity in 1862.

Driving through the front entrance you see a large homestead and a small hut to the side. The single-room hut was erected around 1862 with later additions including a second room, window frames and a floor of bricks made at the Yarralumla Brickworks.

The main homestead was built in 1910. Hill Station was part of the larger Woden Station holdings. Three members of parliament have…