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Published Friday 11 February 2022
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Whitburgh Cottage restoration works begin

Mitchell Shire Council is partnering with the Victorian Government to restore one of Kilmore’s oldest structures, with work beginning on Whitburgh Cottage.

A $200,000 Living Heritage Grant and $410,000 of Council funds will be used to restore the historically and architecturally significant cottage.

Whitburgh Cottage was erected between 1853-57 for William Smeaton, a local coachbuilder and blacksmith.

The house remained in Smeaton family ownership for 113 years. The site is one of the oldest buildings in Kilmore and is Kilmore’s oldest surviving bluestone house.

It epitomises early cottage design with a simple double fronted composition, hipped roof and constructed of local materials, in thick case bluestone.

The tender for the project has been awarded to Reliance Constructions, with a major focus of the repairs to be a bulge in the western wall that will need to be reinforced.

Other works include repairing the slate roof, replacing floorboards, skirting boards and architraves, electrical works, fixing water damage and repainting.

The restoration works are anticipated to be completed mid-2022.

Comments from Kilmore Historical Society treasurer Rose King

"The Kilmore Historical Society are absolutely delighted to see works beginning on such an important part of local history,” she said.

“In the past the building has functioned as a local museum and was a great resource for students when doing projects.

“It has potential to be an important historical resource for the area and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

“We’re very thankful that Mitchell Shire Council and the Victorian Government have committed significant funding to preserve a piece of our town’s history.”

Comments from Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“Council has a duty to maintain historical structures and Whitburgh Cottage is a very significant one,” he said.

“Whitburgh Cottage is an important part of Kilmore’s history and an asset that needs to be protected. These works will ensure the historic building remains for generations to come.”

“We’re very thankful for our ongoing partnership with the Victorian Government and their support with this project.”

This page was last updated on 11 February 2022.