Guests enjoy historic home

October 04, 2017

The front of the iconic home known as Nithsdale.

Guests explore iconic Nithsdale at Tatura.

The garden at the historical Nithsdale House in Tatura.

Visitors enjoy the garden at Nithsdale House.

Tatura Historical Society president Steve Barnard stands in the home's old dairy.

Guests were treated to an afternoon tea after touring the iconic home.

One of Tatura’s most iconic homes opened its doors to the public on the weekend to raise money for charity.

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

Owner Phyl Mactier opened the Thomson St home to a whopping 300 guests to support Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum, set to receive the proceeds 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.

Visitors from across the region and further afield visited and were treated to an afternoon tea in the gardens.

Tatura Historical Society president Steve Barnard said the close to $4000 raised was a fantastic contribution towards the restoration of local history.

‘‘This function has been a great way to raise funds for local history, which probably hasn’t had enough funding in the past,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s something that’s very significant to the local community here, we’re a very active part of the community and we’ve known Phyl for a long time.’’

Mr Barnard said he would like to thank Ms Mactier for opening up her home.

‘‘I’d also like to thank Sue Mancini for her organisation of the whole event,’’ he said.

Mr Barnard also thanked those who donated raffle prizes, which included a watercolour by June Cohen.

‘‘The winner Dot Clement was delighted to receive the painting,’’ he said.

‘‘Thank you to all the community members who got involved, too.’’

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