Heritage in the Hunter: Conserving Springwood Homestead

23rd November 2014

Mclean, HollyERM and Rio Tinto are working together to conserve a piece of the Hunter Valley’s horticultural and pastoral heritage. Springwood Homestead was once the home of early pioneering brothers William and Alfred Watts. Constructed in the mid-1800s, it was part of the Springwood Estate which was renowned in the region for its vineyards and splendid orchard of stonefruit, the fruit of which was sold by the Watts brothers in the Hunter region, and also exported to New Zealand. As a result of recent land acquisitions, Springwood Homestead became the responsibility of Rio Tinto. The building, lying unoccupied for decades, has been weathered over time. However, it has a number of intact, original features such as wallpaper, slab construction, timber shingled roof and a fine sandstone chimney. Through Rio Tinto’s ongoing consultation with its local Community Heritage Advisory Group (CHAG ), the Springwood Homestead has been brought to Rio Tinto’s attention as being of significance to the local community. In conjunction with the CHAG and structural engineers with specialist skills in heritage place management, ERM is providing specialist conservation advice to assist Rio Tinto with the ongoing care and management of the Homestead.

Citation for this poster:

Maclean, H. and T. King 2014 Heritage in the Hunter: Conserving Springwood Homestead. Poster Presented at the AAA/ASHA Annual Conference, 1-3 December, Cairns.

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