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Toll taken on tank
Important historical site undergoes replacement
The Tuggeranong Homestead is a popular place for community
events, such as the Country Music Festival in 2009. Picture: Marina Neil
ONE of Tuggeranong Valley's most
recognisable landmarks has been
replaced to conserve its historical
galvanised tank on its eight-foot
wooden stand serviced the property
when it was a prosperous sheep
station owned by the Cunningham
family in the late 1890s.
The years had taken a toll on the
structure with wet weather causing
the wood to rot away.
A fund provided by the ACT
Government has enabled the stand
and tank to be replaced.
Homestead manager Neil Gille-
spie, who leases the property from
the Government, said there was
great care being taken to protect the
heritage value of the structure.
"It's iconic, and being heritage
listed if it's got to be replaced it has
to be replaced like with like," he
"If you just go open slather and
just replace anything, you've lost
Mr Gillespie, who is a sixth-
generation Canberran, said the Tug-
geranong Homestead was an import-
ant part of the city's settlement
"What people don't realise is it's
a little oasis here and a lot of people
don't realise it's here," he said.
The homestead is used for com-
munity events, such as Lions Club
markets and weddings.
The Minders of Tuggeranong
Homestead, who formed in 1992 to
protest against a planned residential
development, have welcomed the
decision to help protect the area.
Committee member Rebecca
Lamb said the homestead had great
"We're very pleased the ACT
Government is supporting the heri-
tage fabric of the place, it is one of
the most important historical sites in
Tuggeranong Valley," she said.
"It's a place where people gather
and it's important for not only
heritage value but social value as
Ms Lamb said the tank was a very
important part of the history of the
site as it had provided water to
support three different households --
the Cunninghams, the war historian
Dr Charles Bean and his staff, and
later the McCormack family.
She said in the early '80s the
creek supplying the tank was
allowed to run dry and so the tank
had remained unusable. The new
tank will be used to water the
gardens and grounds of the home-
The Minders of Tuggeranong
Homestead are committed to imple-
menting water saving measures at
the site and received a national 2011
water saver award in November.
Ms Lamb said they would con-
tinue their approach to saving water
at the homestead and the new water
tank would help them achieve this.
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