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A rare slice of Australian history on the market in WA

By Lyndsey Douglas

HERE’s a unique opportunity to own a piece of Australian history.

Built in 1896, this five bedroom property at 5 Bremer Road, Bremer Bay was as an integral part of the Overland Telegraph Line as accommodation plus a transfer station for messages coming to and from South Australia to Western Australia.

The 3200km telegraph line connected Darwin with Port Augusta in South Australia in 1872, while an additional section was added in 1877 with the completion of the Western Australian section.

The Garnett family bought the property in 1946 for£50 and the property was most recently used as a restaurant / cafe.

Ray White Rural Albany principal John Hetherington (pictured above) said there had been strong interest from locals looking to restore the property to it’s former glory.

“People love it as it’s on more than 9000sq m – it’s a huge parcel of land – with views over the town plus the Bremer River,” he said.

“Think of the history though, if only those walls could talk. I have see a similar telegraph house on the Nullarbor Plain but there’s nothing left there as the sand had overtaken the walls whereas this one is one of the only properties like it left in Australia.

“I often wonder what people would have heard coming through there from the eastern states.
“The original telegraph house was built in 1876 until it burned down and this one was built in 1896 from local stone and has survived 123 years!

“Made with thick stone walls and magnificent jarrah floors, this piece of history needs to be seen to be believed.

“It was most recently run as a restaurant with commercial kitchen and a cool room etc,” Mr Hetherington said.

The property goes to auction this Saturday February 23, 2019 at 1pm at Ray White Rural Albany, 96 Lockyer Ave, Albany, WA.

Ray White Rural Albany
John Hetherington
0429 311 140

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