Thursday, October 11, 2012

Home is going home at Tocal

From the Maitland Mercury report:
For many years the small white cottage on the side of Tocal Road has been somewhat of a mystery residence. Vacant for many years, the humble weatherboard abode – known as Daly Kidd Cottage – has stood at its current location for more than 60 years.
But now the building – once home to those who worked for Myrtle and Marguerita Curtis of Tocal Homestead – is about to be returned to its original site at the homestead.

“The cottage was moved from the homestead to its current location in the 1950s, apparently to allow for more privacy for the Misses Curtis who were then living in Tocal Homestead,” principal of Tocal Agricultural College Dr Cameron Archer said.
“And it is in remarkably good condition despite its looks but following relocation the cottage will be fully conserved.”
The cottage was constructed in 1916 during the time of the marriage of Leslie Earle (Daly) Kidd to Alice Chambers. Daly Kidd worked on Tocal and had also driven coaches for the Fry family of Paterson.
In 1911 Daly Kidd drove the last coach from Maitland to Paterson.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 8, 2012.