Restoration of century old homestead at 'Hillside'

It will take about six months for Kay and Gordon Phillips to restore the 120-year-old homestead on 'Hillside'.

The homestead was built in 1901, three years after its construction began in 1898. It was centrepiece of the property at Narrawa owned by Robert and Eleanor Collins.

The 120-year-old homestead at 'Hillside' is begin restored. Photo: Clare McCabe.

The 120-year-old homestead at 'Hillside' is begin restored. Photo: Clare McCabe.

There are five main bedrooms and a bathroom, as well as built-in verandahs or sleep-outs which were added on. It has not been lived in for about 30 years.

Mr and Mrs Phillips began work two months ago.

Internal damage from an ivy bush tore the plaster, as well as the guttering, walls were damaged by blue mould. Now, the walls are replastered and an undercoat applied, the carpet and linoleum ripped up, and the garden is subservient.

Restoration: Kay Phillips with newspapers dating back to 1917. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Restoration: Kay Phillips with newspapers dating back to 1917. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Underneath the layers of flooring red timber floors were revealed. "All the timber was milled here on the property," Joe Lewis said.

Mr Lewis has worked at the property from 1955.

Since beginning the restoration, they've found a ha'penny, an old writing desk, a 32-volt generator from the early 20th Century, ammunition boxes from World War 1 or 2, old copper boilers, and newspapers from 1917.

"Hillside' is now owned by the Belinda and Ben Foley who were ready to let it go to "wreck and ruin."

Joe Lewis and Kay Phillips unearth ammunition boxes from World War 1 or 2. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Joe Lewis and Kay Phillips unearth ammunition boxes from World War 1 or 2. Photo: Clare McCabe.