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Nithsdale open to public

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September 12, 2017

Tatura's Phyl Mactier is looking forward to opening the doors of Nithsdale on Sunday, September 24.

A great deal of history will be on display for people to admire when they visit Nithsdale House.

Tatura’s Nithsdale House will open its doors for a charity day this month.

Almost 100 years old, the house has an extensive history and a stunning interior.

Owner Phyl Mactier said the home was built by her husband’s family when they migrated to Australia and settled in the area.

When Nithsdale was built in 1921, Tatura was a fairly sparse town and the home was on a farm.

Those familiar with Thomson St may have a hard time picturing a quaint farmhouse, given the street now has many other houses.

Mrs Mactier was excited to open Nithsdale to the public and help support the Tatura Museum, which would receive the proceeds raised from the charity day.

‘‘I’ve been a caretaker all the time of this (home) and I just think if I don’t share it with the community now it won’t be shared,’’ she said.

Mrs Mactier and her husband Stuart came to live at Nithsdale in 1971 with their children and made a few adjustments to the interior, which has not impacted the house’s original charm.

‘‘When we came here I had four children and before that there was only two children in Stuart’s family so I needed to spread a bit, which I did,’’ Mrs Mactier said.

An eye-catching part of the home is the lounge room, which has a magnificent portrait of Mr Mactier’s great-grandmother Mary Primrose Wilson as a child.

Mrs Mactier said the portrait was painted in the 1840s and was brought to Australia from Scotland in 1854 when the family migrated.

The portrait was previously hung at Kilmore, then in the Victoria Hotel at Whroo and later at James Wilson’s properties in Tatura, Kelvin Grove and Overton.

A great deal of time went into restoring the Mary Primrose Wilson portrait with the frame carefully restored by an Italian restorer who applied four different shades of gold leaf.

Mrs Mactier was looking forward to showing people this and other historical items during the open house.

â– Nithsdale House, 20 Thomson St, Tatura, will be open to the public from 1pm to 3.30pm on Sunday, September 24.

Entry is $10 a person, which includes afternoon tea.

People are asked to not take photographs of the home.

All money raised from the charity day will go to the Tatura Museum.

To find out more about Nithsdale House and its history see the Saturday, September 16, issue of Weekend Life in Weekend News.

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