The passing years, and particularly in 1967 when bushfires swept through the district, have taken their toll on some of the houses that were once prominent.
This late Victorian weatherboard house had four bedrooms, two in the attic with dormer windows, a large family kitchen, dining room, drawing room, scullery, pantry and dairy. The outbuildings included servant quarters and a two hole dunny, situated 30 metres from the back door. The complex was destroyed in the 1967 bushfires.
Built in the 1840s, the substantially built stone and brick building had fourteen spacious rooms. There was a great stairway leading up to a huge school room which over the years was used for concerts, balls, parties and dances. It was destroyed in the 1967 bushfires.
The site where Daniel Stanfield had built an early home was an extensive homestead by the twentieth century. This was a two storey wooden house, a stable, outbuildings and a 50 foot well. The house incorporated a beam which was 50 feet long by 18 inches square. It was totally destroyed in the 1967 bushfires.
In the 1830s, this two-story brick building operated as a licenced hotel, ‘The Currier and His Beam’. By the 1860s the Morrisbys referred to their home as ‘Belmont Lawn’ and so presumably the brick building was by then used as a farmhouse. A weatherboard farmhouse was built in the early 1900s and now all that remains of the earlier brick building is a short section of the south west corner. A round brick well with a conical roof is still visible on the property and was constructed in 1935 from bricks reused from the old stables.
In its heyday, the homestead included barns, stables, store-rooms, men’s huts, cattle sheds, stockyards, dairy, piggeries and an orchard as well as a brick and stone residence constructed in Dutch Colonial style. The residence, which had been built in the 1830s, was a ruin by 1939, and subsequently demolished.
The weatherboard building was built as a parsonage for St Matthew's in 1886 and sold by the Church in 1911. It had a drawing room, dining room, larder and kitchen on the ground floor. Upstairs was the minister’s study, five bedrooms and a servant’s room - but the servant’s room could only be accessed by an external ladder. Water was supplied by a large underground tank. The house was destroyed and one of the residents, Mrs Freeman, lost her life in the 1967 fires.
Sources: A Verbal history of Rokeby in the twentieth century with an emphasis on the 1967 bushfires compiled by Viv Adnum, p 275. Tasmanian heritage Festival Tour of Discovery and Rediscovery by Wendy Andrew, p6.
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Directions to next sign
Retrace your steps south along the footpath until you reach the Mumurimina People sign. Then proceed east along the path that runs to the right hand side of the creek. You will be walking towards Mockridge Road. When you reach the road, turn right and the Between the Hills and the Bay sign is in front of Bayview Secondary College.
Image credits: Doug Chipman, Trevor Chipman, University of Tasmania, Collection of L Gallop, Tasmanian Archives PH30-1-4175, Louis Bayley