Place name: Tarndwarncoort, Warncoort

Location: Colac-Otway, Barwon South West

Grant amount: $50,000 matched funds

Grant recipient: Homestead Australia Inc.

Type of project: Conservation works

Funding program: Living Heritage Grants Program Competitive Stream Round 1 2016-17

Project duration: June 2017 – May 2018

Project Summary

An 1840s stone barn in Warncoort, western Victoria has been restored with a $50,000 grant. One of the oldest surviving homesteads in Victoria, known for its Polwarth sheep, Tarndwarncoort or ‘Tarndie’ has been owned by successive generations of the Dennis family. The conservation works included repairs to the roof and masonry of the one and a half storey stone barn and brick carriage known as the ‘Ciderhouse’.

Surplus apples from the family’s fruit orchards were processed by an apple mill sent from England, making apple cider to supply the goldfields. The grant has enabled the owners to activate the space for events, workshops and public exhibitions such as the

  • ‘Stories from the Ciderhouse’ event in April to coincide with Heritage Week 2018
  • the annual Wool gathering Conference
  • ‘Lincoln: Truth and Fabrications’ art exhibition in July 2018.

As a collaboration between the owner, the heritage architect and the builder, the successful completion of the project has opened up new possibilities for Tarndie to tell its story.

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