Believed to be the oldest sophisticated slab house in Australia, Dundullimal and its sandstone stables, timber church, and shed are a living illustration of rural life on an isolated property. The homestead and grounds are perfect for an extended visit for tourists, families and groups.
Its story is one of amazing endeavour and vision, evidenced in the creation of a finely-crafted vintage home. The homestead has survived in near original condition from a time when the land was beyond the limits of settlement in the Wellington valley.
It wasn’t your normal historical home, Set in acres of well-tended lawn.
It wasn’t constructed of convict made bricks, Or the place where the nation was born.
Dundullimal homestead was none of these things. Palatial, imposing or grand,
But the way it was built, and the way it survives, Embodies the soul of our land.
Blue the Shearer (aka Col Wilson)
Built in the early 1840s as the head station of a 6,500 hectare (26,000 acres) squatting run, the homestead is Dubbo’s oldest building that is open to the public. Its interior is remarkably sophisticated for its genre, with louvres and multiple-pane glazed openings onto the verandah. The imposing sitting room is noted for its ‘tent’ shaped plaster ceiling and wallpaper, reproduced from an 1850 patent. The master bedroom is complete with an iron bed and a campaign chest.
The house is an interesting contrast to the traditional sandstone stables complex. The ‘working’ areas include the blacksmith’s forge, coach room, sunken cool room, stores and stables. This building reflects the practical yet essential elements of rural life on a large, isolated property during the nineteenth century.
The 1870’s timber church replaces a church originally on the site and was consecrated in 1872 in the nearby township of Timbrebongie and moved around the district to end up at Dundullimal in 2013.
Visit the Dundullimal Homestead’s tea room in the old machinery shed featuring rustic fare, enjoy the spacious grounds for picnics and a gift shop with home produce. Dundullimal is Dubbo’s oldest building that is open to the public, it offers informative group tours, curriculum based educational tours and its location is perfect for weddings and functions.
Dundullimal Homestead will host the Schools Reconciliation Challenge from 1 May to 19 July. Sixteen artworks, selected as the best of more than 700 entries to the Reconciliation Council’s (NSWRC) annual art competition, will be on display. The exhibition is free but the usual entries fees apply to visiting the Homestead.