Restoration Australia: Keera Vale

Great to see Keera Vale featured in last night’s Restoration Australia. The house itself I see every day.

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As I posted in Oldest house in Wollongong?

But is it really Wollongong’s oldest house?  Local academic Michael Organ participated in an exchange on this last year.

2 November 2011 – Keera Vale

Protect oldest house – News that the oldest house in Wollongong is on the market – Keera Vale circa 1842 in Bukari St – provides Wollongong City Council with the opportunity to redeem its poor heritage credentials. Decades of over-zealous development by previous councils have resulted in the destruction of numerous 19th century buildings in the city. The survival of Keera Vale in West Wollongong for more than 150 years is therefore to be wondered at. It is perhaps now time that this rare and precious building comes into public ownership, to ensure its ongoing protection and preservation. Keera Vale could serve the community well as a museum, gallery or cultural heritage centre, and form an integral part of Wollongong’s heritage trail for residents and tourists alike. With the council looking to spend $14 million on cosmetic changes to Crown St Mall, surely it can find – with community support – less than a tenth of that amount to purchase and restore this grand old mansion. As the oldest house in town, it deserves nothing less. Michael Organ, Austinmer.

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See also Joe Davis (2011) Pitfalls of rewriting history.

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One thought on “Restoration Australia: Keera Vale

  1. Thought of you when I saw it last night and, yes, I was one who clicked on the post again.

    It was a shame we still needed that deadline and “reveal” element at the end of the program – I think more dictated by the genre than the family situation – and they went a bit vague about the modern annex which is proposed.

    I was amazed at how much they seemed to be actually living in their building site. It really must have been miserable at times, and especially if ever wet or windy.

    Still wondering if it wouldn’t have been wiser to have put the verandah on the front to protect the bricks before breaking open the stairwell – though doubtless it must have been pretty inconvenient to have to go outside to get upstairs.

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