Preserving Randell's Cottages
Historical cottages in Gumeracha are set to receive $20,000 funding from the Adelaide Hills Council to prevent deterioration and further damage to the site.
Local Heritage listed Randell’s Workers Cottages are original workmen’s cottages that served as accommodation for employees of Mr. William Richard Randell’s farming operations in the early 1900s.
Mr. Randell, also known as "Captain Randell" (2 May 1824 – 4 March 1911), was an Australian politician, representing the Electoral District of Gumeracha in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1893 to 1899 and was a pioneer of the riverboat industry on the River Murray.
The Cottages are Local Heritage listed which covers meaning much of the stone dressings, stone chimneys, timber-framed openings and remains of a timber shingle roof must be preserved.
Care will be taken to ensure any work on the cottages are completed by specialist trades and will not diminish the historical aspects of the buildings. Council has proposed that minor works be undertaken to maintain the building and ensure its future preservation.