Tips to owning your own historic home

RESTORED: Barbara Lewin painstakingly repaired an important piece of Tenterfield history.
RESTORED: Barbara Lewin painstakingly repaired an important piece of Tenterfield history.

Aside from enjoying overwhelming charm and beauty, owning a historic home is one way to contribute to the preservation of Australian history. While there are many advantages to owning a historical home, there are a few disadvantages that should be considered too. 

Often a historical home will come with restrictions. Some may be as simple as paint colours while others may require that the home cannot be changed in any way – making it difficult to add bathrooms, add energy efficient windows or convert rooms.

One great example of a historical house currently for sale is 6 Railway Avenue, Tenterfield NSW. The good news is that all the hard work has already been done. The historic station master's residence has been lovingly restored to full glory by its current owner.

Ray White Rural Tenterfield’s Libby Sharpe said the property, as it stands today, was a reflection of the love and dedication invested by current owner Barbara Lewin. Ms Sharpe tells us that the property dates back to 1886 and it was once a fundamental component in the growth and prosperity of Tenterfield.

As part of the Tenterfield Railway Precinct, the cottage is significant for its historical value as a tangible link to the development of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) line during the 19th century as well as the development of the NSW railways in the steam era.

“The Tenterfield Railway Station is one of the very few still much intact, and is an item of local historical interest,” Ms Sharpe said. “The master’s residence is certainly one of the older properties in the area. People love the property’s history and it’s such a special renovation. I don’t often see such a complete and comprehensive presentation. It’s got a lovely romance to it.”

Bismarck House

Another historical home on the market is Bismarck House in Bega. The home was built around 1876  and is a fine example of homes of that era. It also offers picturesque views of the township of Bega. For more see domain.com.au.

Gorgeous Georgian 

If you’re searching for a historical home, head to Tasmania. Here you’ll find a simply stunning 1834  Georgian home in East Launceston. According to the selling agent, Tim Saunders of Saunders Property Group, the George Radford built residence has undergone an extensive restoration by the current owners resulting in one of the finest Georgian properties in Australia. 

Your home

If you are interested in discovering the history of your home, The National Library of Australia is an excellent place to start, just visit nla.gov.au.