Rosedale home to be added to local heritage register

A timber home built in Rosedale more than 160 years ago will be added to the Local Heritage Register.

The historical home is located on the Rosedale Cattle Station which was settled by Irish couple John and Catherine Little and their nine children in 1853.

The Little family camped beside a large lagoon until 1864 when the vertical slab house was built on a large grassy knoll overlooking the lagoon and large creek, later named Baffle Creek.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said it was imperative that such a rich part of the region's history was preserved.

"The distinctive property met several key criteria for the LHR including the significance of the house being the first established in Rosedale and the rare construction technique used at the time using dowel joints instead of nails," Councillor Sellers said.

"John and Catherine Little were both buried on the property after their passing in the late 1800s with a large headstone marking their graves, making Rosedale Cattle Station a true landmark."

Cr Sellers said Rosedale Station remained in the Little family until 1979 with the vertical slab home still standing.

"I commend the current owners for lodging the request to have the home added to the LHR as this may assist them to obtain heritage funding for the conservation, maintenance and repair of the house," she said.



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