Historic building to go under the hammer

Historical building: John White and Kay Hayes from the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society outside Emily Cottage in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett

Historical building: John White and Kay Hayes from the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society outside Emily Cottage in Campbelltown. Picture: Simon Bennett

One of Campbelltown oldest buildings will be auctioned off on Saturday, October 21.

Emily Cottage, located on the corner of Old Menangle Road and Camden Road – in between the Campbelltown Catholic Club and Koshigaya Park – is estimated to have been built almost 200 years ago.

While the exact construction date of the cottage is unknown, Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society president Kay Hayes believes it could be the late 1820s.

She said the building was well known by people who lived in the local area.

“It’s a dear little cottage and everyone knows it,” she said.

The society president said she hoped who ever bought the cottage would do the right thing in terms of preservation.

“We (the society) are hopeful that it will be bought by someone who will restore the old cottage to what it was, and not leave just leave it as an empty building,” she said.

“We’ve got a lot old buildings that have been kept intact. Glenalvon is the premier one but that’s because the lady that owned it in 1964 have the foresight to make sure nothing happened to it.

“I hope that common sense prevails and it (the cottage) is left there for future generations.”

While Mrs Hayes remained optimistic about the potential for Emily Cottage, she was not as enthusiastic about plans for another historically sensitive site – located one hundred metres from the cottage.

The public exhibition period for a proposed development on the site of the old Fisher’s Ghost Restaurant ended on Friday, October 6.

The development is for a complex made up of five commercial tenancies, 72 residential units and four levels of basement parking.

Restoration, alterations and additions to the restaurant are also included in the application.

“Not much has changed from the development application (for the same site) lodged two years ago,” she said.

“It’s no different, it hasn’t changed.

“It’s not acceptable from a historical society point of view.

“To see it (the Fisher’s Ghost Restaurant) built around and over would be tragic.”

The Emily Cottage auction will be held at 1pm on Saturday, October 21.

For more information contact Goldstar Real Estate Cabramatta’s Tuan Pham on 0419 678 333.

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