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Emmaville Cottage

The Emmaville Cottage is one of a number of key sites around Orange with connections to one Australia's best-known poets, Banjo Paterson.Banjo cottage cloud.. Single click to see larger image

Along with Banjo Paterson Park on Ophir Rd, the Emmaville Cottage near the Botanic Gardens is a tangible link to the period more than 150 years ago when Paterson was born.

The prefabricated cottage is believed to date from the 1850s.  The American redwood panels were shipped from the United States and assembled to build large numbers of cottages in Australia.

Cottage at original location .. Click to see larger image.
READY TO GO: The cottage is pictured at its original location about to be moved in April 2013.

The four room cottage is typical of early Australian vernacular architecture.

In Orange the cottage was previously located at the Waratahs sports field, once part of the Narrambla Estate.  The cottage is believed to be one of the last farm buildings from the Narrambla property.

The Narrambla farming property was the where the mother of Banjo Paterson came to stay before the birth of her son in 1864.

The cottage was to be demolished to make way for new housing developments however, the Orange community advocated for its conservation.Click to play video of cottage re-location

The cottage, now missing its lean-to and out buildings, was relocated to the Orange Botanic Gardens precinct in April 2013. The move was captured in this short video clip.

Restoration of the cottage undertaken by the Orange Rotary Club, Orange City Council and other volunteers from the Orange community.

The work by Rotary volunteers was celebrated on Sunday 16 Feb 2014 when former residents of the cottage cut a ribbon. Click on an image from the official hand-over, aqnd then click next to scroll through the images.

Rainy weather greeted the official hand over the cottage .. Single click to see larger image Large crowd gathers for the cottage opening .. single click to see larger image A penny farthing added to the colour on the day .. Single click to see larger image
An historic occasion demands an historic camera.. Single click to see larger image Rotary Club coordinator Len Banks with Orange Mayor John Davis .. Single click to see larger image Former inhabitants of the cottage cut the official ribbon .. Single click to see larger image
Radio National producer Kerian McLeonard was among the official ribbon cutters Visitors check out the progress on the new vege garden alongside the cottage Cottage opening hours

Orange City Council staff landscaped the site and have planted a range of heritage trees and vegetable gardens typical of the period.Staff from the Botanic Garden help with the new cottage vege garden

A mix of post-and-rail and picket fences were also installed around the cottage.

It’s planned that the cottage will be a venue for heritage displays.