Come and join Dr Mary Hutchison (historian) and Dr Peter Dowling (historical archaeologist) on this walk to the little-known ruin of the former Old Lands End Homestead complex. The slab homestead was built in 1871 by Robert and Jane Kilby and named Lands End because it seemed to them miles from anywhere. Further additions were made as the years went by including a blacksmith workshop, a rammed earth dairy and more bedrooms as families expanded. The Kilby and Cameron families were to live there until 1925 when the present homestead on the corner of Drake Brockman and William Hovell Drives was built. The old house was demolished, and the slabs used to construct a shearing shed on the new site.
Mary and Peter will tell the story of the homestead and its families and how a history and archaeological investigation can piece together the remnants of the buildings and the lives of the people who lived there.
The walk is a grade 3 category along a gravelled vehicle track with gently sloping to moderately steep slopes. Not suitable for wheel chairs. Wear good walking shoes and a hat and bring water. No toilet available.
Date: 10am to 12pm, Saturday 25 May 2019
Location: Meeting at the carpark at the corner of Drake-Brockman Drive and William Hovell Drive
For more information:https://www.canberraarchaeologicalsociety.com.au/oldlandsendwalk.html