Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tour historic Bolwarra, the gentleman's suburb

From the Maitland Mercury report:
small but integral chapter in the evolving Maitland story will be revealed next week during a walking tour of ­historic Bolwarra.
Titled The 19th Century Gentlemen’s Suburb, the Friends of Grossmann House walk will explore Bolwarra’s rich history and diverse architecture.
“This is a fascinating little area because it’s so self-contained and it has a really unique ambience to it and it’s been really well looked after,” Friends of Grossmann House member Holly McNamee said.
Bolwarra’s European history began in 1822 as an agricultural estate (Bolwarra Estate) when John Brown, a timber ­merchant, settled in the area.
Ensuing years saw devastating floods and droughts and, in 1847, Bolwarra Estate changed from convict-laboured farms to an estate of 60 farmers.
Bolwarra eventually became known as a gentlemen’s suburb with the building of many fine estates and villas between 1885 and 1926.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, July 27, 2014.