Name: Windamingle Homestead
Location: Windamingle Station, Silver City Highway (Anabranch)
Use: Dwelling
Constructed: 1913
Demolished: 0
Theme: Agriculture
Condition: Good

Statement of Heritage Significance:

An attractive homestead constructed with dropped Murray Pine slabs, supported with pine posts. The hand sawn slabs are some 8 centimetres thick with flattened edges. The dwelling has a high gambrel roof clad with corrugated iron sheeting. A finial adorns the top gables. A second inverted roof covers a wrap around verandah which is supported by chamfered timber posts. Shaped wooden brackets adorn the front and side verandahs. The interior walls and ceilings are lined with elaborate pressed metal panels. The house is situated on the western bank of the Anabranch amidst an attractive garden. The homestead is mostly in original condition and worthy of conservation as the only complete slab dwelling in the Shire.

Windamingle homestead replaced a small slab hut which was built in 1884, now demolished. The existing slabs were made by Harvey, owner of the Wentworth Hotel. Most early buildings in the district were constructed with Pine Slabs, however there are few constructed after the turn of the century. The building materials reflect the reliance on the surrounding landscape in establishing home sites on the northern Anabranch which, unlike the Darling and Murray, was isolated by the lack of access to river transport.

Conservation by inclusion within the Shires Local Environmental Plan.

B Watson, J Whyte

Recording Date: 19/11/1988

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