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Gundowringa Homestead

Item details

Name of item: Gundowringa Homestead
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Homestead building
Primary address: 2976 Goulburn Road, Crookwell, NSW 2583
Parish: Crookwell
County: King
Local govt. area: Upper Lachlan
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2976 Goulburn RoadCrookwellUpper LachlanCrookwellKingPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The homestead complex at Gundowringa is highly significant locally for its association with the Prell family. Traditional rural heritage is displayed in the homestead erected by Charles E. Prell in 1905. Prell was a noted pioneer of pasture improvement which commenced in 1906 and the property became widely recognised for the quality of its wool production. The complex including the shearer’s quarters and a stone cottage, erected in 1916, is now adaptively reused as a farm stay, and is a significant part of the heritage tourism of Upper Lachlan Shire.
Date significance updated: 02 Mar 09
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Construction years: 1905-1905
Physical description: Charles E. Prell, purchased Gundowringa in 1905. Gundowringa is situated along the Crookwell-Goulburn road, overlooking the hills behind Pejar dam. Charles Prell a great agricultural pioneer in Australia, introduced superphosphate to the Crookwell district with the idea of pasture improvement.
Gundowringa homestead and its garden were constructed from 1905-1909. The house, constructed of basalt and granite, is surrounded by a verandah on three sides.

Gundowringa is certainly a hidden gem. The Prell family has been loving custodians of the house and garden. Dorothy Prell, a daughter of Charles E. Prell, was a keen gardener. The gardens were laid out while the house was being built. A notable feature is two grassed terraces, traversing two sides of the house. There are some very impressive large trees, now about a century old. A Linden, not commonly seen of such size, is one. Another, a Liquidamber festerii, has beautiful autumn colour.
The complex including the shearer’s quarters and a stone cottage, erected in 1916, is now adaptively reused as a farm stay,


Historical notes: Jeff and Jess Prell own Gundowringa Historic Homestead. Jeff's grandfather, a pioneer of pasture improvement from Queensland, built the Federation home in 1905. He was awarded an OBE for his work, as his innovative ideas changed capacity from half a sheep to five sheep for each half hectare.
Jeff, who has the original plans of the property, opened Gundowringa as a B&B and fly fishing farm in 1992. Like his grandfather, Jeff was also awarded an OBE for pasture and environment protection.

The property is a working sheep farm.

The homestead has four bedrooms which sleep up to seven people. Rooms are large, with 3.5-metre ceilings, open fireplaces and underfloor heating for chilly nights. There is plenty of memorabilia.

The self-contained Stone Cottage, built in 1916, accommodates four to six people. It has a kitchen, lounge and gas heating, as well as views of the Wollondilly River valley.

The Shearers' Quarters is ideal budget accommodation. It was built out of stone in 1960 and sleeps up to 18. The kitchen is basic but fully equipped. There is an open plan living and dining area and open fireplace. There is an outdoor barbecue and community washhouse.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Pastoralism-Activities associated with the breeding, raising, processing and distribution of livestock for human use (none)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanGundowringa HomesteadI4218 Feb 10   
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Database number: 1480007

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