Ellensbrook Restoration help needed

The National Trust of Western Australia is looking for experienced heritage builders and restorers to assist in the conservation of historic Ellensbrook, near Margaret River.

The homestead was built in 1857 by Ellen and Alfred Bussell and operated as a home for Aboriginal children from 1899 – 1916.

Since then, the property has been retained as a place of significance because of its wide ranging natural, Aboriginal and historic values.

Both paid and volunteer assistance is being sought for ongoing maintenance and repair works to maintain Ellensbrook’s heritage features.

“We are seeking carpenters, painters, stone masons and builders with heritage experience. Some of this work will be paid; however we are also seeking volunteers for jobs like painting and floorboard sanding,” Conservation Architect Caroline Stokes said.

“Restoring the homestead and other buildings is incredibly important because the life of the Bussells at Ellensbrook adds to the understanding Western Australia’s unique colonial heritage, rural development and relationships with Aboriginal people.”

People interested in being involved in this project should email caroline.stokes@ntwa.com.au . Please detail whether you are interested in taking part as an experienced sub-contractor, including relevant experience, or if you would like to be involved as a volunteer. For more information call Caroline on 9321 6088.

For more information on the property, go to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/ellensbrook/