Savernake Station has been included on the NSW State Heritage Register, recognised for its rich historical collection.By Racheal Willett
Alexander and Ann Sloane and Helen Huggins said they were delighted with news the station had met the criteria to be included on the register.
Mrs Sloane said they were stewards of a significant family heritage which reflected agricultural and social history from pre-European times to the present date.
She said their forebears were people of wisdom and foresight, who retained their business and personal history through documentation and photography.
Mr and Mrs Sloane are enthusiastic historians and environmentalists, and take pleasure in sharing their family’s heritage with members of the public.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin welcomed the announcement from Heritage Minister Robyn Parker that Savernake Station and the 400 hectares of undisturbed, indigenous woodlands on which it stands in Corowa Shire, had been added to the NSW State Heritage Register.
In making the announcement, Ms Parker said while Savernake Station may not be the oldest or largest homestead in NSW, it provided an invaluable contribution to our understanding of pioneer pastoral and agricultural life since 1862.
“Since 1862, the homestead has been farmed by the Sloane family, with the fourth generation currently living there,” Ms Parker said.
“The property is an intact historic complex that includes a 'selector's hut' dating from 1876 and a homestead dating from 1886, as well as servants' quarters, overseer's cottage and woolshed and shearers' quarters from the early twentieth century.
“This property is remarkable for its moveable heritage collection which includes farm machinery, domestic wares, written records and high quality film and photographs of the farm under cultivation.
“The historical material available on the social, economic and management history of the homestead and property complex is comparable to the largest and most intact collections of this kind in Australia.”
Mr Aplin said a passion and talent for photography ran in the Sloane family and they had amassed a marvellous visual record of the property.
“The property is a treasure trove of fascinating documents and objects, some of which (such as their record of rainfall for every day between 1862 and the 1980s) are becoming more interesting and rare as time goes on,” Mr Aplin said.
“The depth, breadth and detail of the archive and photography collections comprehensively document the operations and management of the property and the family's life over successive generations.”
The Sloane collection illustrates the developments of farming technology and practice over time in response to environmental conditions as well as market demands and developing infrastructure, including many local innovations developed on the farm by family members.
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