Warbreccan property owners, twin brothers Robert and Fionn Lindsay-Field, have chosen to sell Warbreccan and its homestead.TYLA HARRINGTON February 28, 2014 4:28am
Iconic Deniliquin property Warbreccan and its historic homestead will be sold for the first time in 96 years.
The property’s owners, twin brothers Robert and Fionn Lindsay-Field, confirmed the homestead block on the Edward River and a surrounding 40 hectares will be sold at auction.
Two adjoining blocks — sized 27ha and 45ha respectively — will be sold separately and both have access to the Edward River and a private beach.
Located 5km from Deniliquin, on the Wakool Rd, Warbreccan is widely regarded as boasting some of the finest parcels of Edward River frontage.
Fionn and Robert agreed it would be hard to say goodbye to the property and homestead and that the decision to sell was not made lightly.
‘‘We were born here and there’s so much history,’’ Robert said.
‘‘It’s not just a home .
‘‘But we’ve got aspirations to travel and experience new adventures,’’ he added.
Robert said he and his wife, Prue, will be retaining some of the land where they will build a new home.
Fionn said he and his partner will be ‘‘looking at the world as our oyster’’ while also retaining a portion of Warbreccan, which was purchased by the family in 1918.
At its peak, Warbreccan covered 25,500 hectares and ran 50,000 sheep. It was first leased to John Phillips and John Graves in 1845.
After having a number of owners the property was purchased in 1862 by Martin Shanahan and Patrick Jennings.
In 1885 Warbreccan shifted, for £150,000, to the ownership of William McCulloch who introduced irrigation on the property, with 120ha used to grow feed for stock.
In 1886 the homestead was devastated by fire — bringing down 200,000 baked mud bricks.
Harry Lindsay-Field, who was a recent arrival from Tasmania, and LKS McKinnon bought Warbreccan in 1918. The homestead that still stands today was built between 1918-22.
The twins’ parents — John and Pam Lindsay-Field — took over ownership in 1960.
Fionn and Robert returned to the farm in 1978 and have been there ever since.
Elders Deniliquin Real Estate principal Lester Wheatley said the Warbreccan sale was a rare opportunity for the local real estate market.
Mr Wheatley will conduct the auction in conjunction with James Sides from Landmark Deniliquin.
Both agents agreed it would be a privilege to coordinate the sale of such an esteemed estate.
‘‘This is a rare opportunity with the property finally being on the market after almost 100 years,’’ Mr Wheatley said.
‘‘The homestead has the potential to be one of the finest in Australia.’’
You need only to take one step inside the homestead for a deep sense of nostalgia to wash over you. The grandeur it exudes with its wood carvings and statues from yesteryear is something to behold.
The twins say you can still hear the haunting voices of the countless amount of foreign travellers who have stayed at Warbreccan, with their stories embedded in each of the homestead’s eight bedrooms.
The homestead has 27 rooms in total and was once described as the Sydney Opera House of the bush in regards to its uniqueness.
Famous artists Arthur Streeton and Hans Heysen have both stayed at the property, using it as their subject, while another famous artist, Lionel Lindsay, was friends with the twins’ grandmother, Daphney Lindsay-Field.
They are but a few of the many guests to stay at Warbreccan with the Lindsay-Field family, who will end their long-standing connection with the homestead when it is auctioned on April 26.
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