Historic Kyneton homestead one of the first built during gold rush
If buildings could talk, one of Kyneton’s original homesteads would have quite the story to tell.
Built by the Dalgety family in 1854 as Kyneton was becoming the state’s chief agricultural town and an important gateway to the goldfields, 93 Harts Lane is listed with a price guide of $1.2-$1.32 million.
Following those gold rush days, Frederick Dalgety launched Dalgety & Company, which went on to become a UK-listed major agricultural company, while their former home, dubbed Springfield, started it’s own “sordid” history.
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A book written about the house details those early days and even includes mention of a resident ghost.
“It’s gone through a sordid past,” RT Edgar Macedon Ranges director Rick Lander said.
“I’ve been there many times and I don’t feel those sorts of things, so I can’t confirm if there’s a ghost or not — but it makes for a bit of interesting talking, that’s for sure.”
“A lot of the past is on display in the shed — once you go into it there’s a lot of history.”
Mr Lander said much of the early interest in the property was a result of the home’s historic details.
“It is a rare thing to have something so close to Kyneton that hasn’t been tampered with — still very much original,” he said.
“The wonderful thing about this is that not only is it an old house, it’s also an old setting — you’ve got lovely old trees.”
The vendors purchased a neighbouring acre so they could add two 170-year-old oaks to their 1.42ha plot, which also features pines, firs, conifers and gums.
The Melbourne couple, who have owned the weekender for ten years, decided to sell so a new family could add to the wonderful property’s history.
The Kyneton median house price is $565,000 according to CoreLogic data.
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