Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our Walli folly?: house mystery explored

From the Maitland Mercury report:
Is it Wallis or Walli House?  That’s the question Maitland City Council faced recently when looking at the pale pink two storey residence beside Wallis Creek.
The mystery is almost as old as the building itself.

For twenty years Maitland City Council documents have called it Wallis House.
It’s one of three houses pioneer pastoralist Samuel Clift built on the Hunter River tributary and the National Trust lists as the Wallis House Group, supporting retention of the ‘s’.
But the more council heritage officer Clare James read about this historic residence, the greater her suspicions grew.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Nov. 16, 2013.