30 October 2018

  • Historic Canberra attraction reopens following conservation and landscaping works
  • Conservation works undertaken on the slab shed building built by the Blundells in 1888
  • Landscape reflects how the land was used in the area during its early history

Today the historic Canberra attraction, Blundells Cottage, home of the workers, has reopened following major conservation works to the slab shed and enhancements to the Cottage’s landscape setting.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja, who officially reopened Blundells Cottage (the Cottage), said it was the last remaining pre-Federal house within the National Triangle.

“The Cottage was built on a former rural landscape, which saw significant change when the site was chosen as the National Capital of Australia,” Senator Seselja said.

“Works were carefully planned and managed to ensure the heritage of the site was maintained to show how the land was used in the area, relevant to its early history, and to ensure that the story of what it was like to live in Canberra before the National Capital was created can continue to be told.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Sussan Ley said the Cottage provides an historic insight into the lives of the families that lived there from the 1860s to the 1960s.

“Conservation works to the slab shed building, believed to have been built by the Blundells in 1888, preserved the original fabric that has survived since its construction,” Ms Ley said.

“The slab shed now fittingly tells the story of the Blundell family, which is the first time that the lives of all four families have been told at the Cottage.”

Conservation and landscaping works were managed by the National Capital Authority and undertaken by RAM Constructions, Myles Gostelow, Philips Marler, Pip Giovanelli and Art and Archival.

Blundells Cottage is open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 2pm, entry is free, for more information visit www.nca.gov.au