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Currango Homestead

Item details

Name of item: Currango Homestead
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Homestead building
Location: Lat: -35.72671319096 Long: 148.692916403
Primary address: , Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
Local govt. area: Cooma-Monaro
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Wagonga
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
PART LOT11 DP751819
PART LOT13 DP751819
PART LOT14 DP751819
PART LOT3 DP751819
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 Kosciuszko National ParkCooma-Monaro  Primary Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Office of Environment and HeritageState Government26 Nov 98

Statement of significance:

The Currango Historic Precinct is a place of state heritage significance. The establishment of the Currango pastoral station in the late 1830s is part of the story of the rapid spread of Australian settlement based on pastoral expansion.

Currango demonstrates better than any other snow belt property, the pattern of European occupation and subsequent development of montane summer relief pastoralism and seasonal transhumance that characterised the region. It is the largest and most intact homestead complex of the 11 snow belt stations and is the only one that has been almost continuously seasonally occupied since the 1830s. Its story demonstrates an early recognition of a need for summer grazing and drought relief strategies and is associated with the romanticised tradition of exceptionally hardy stockmen and horses. It demonstrates the displacement of local Aboriginals and the disruption of their use of their mountain pathway network.

Currango is a rare place in the mountains that has become a symbol within the region for mountain hardiness and past living conditions. It stimulates unusually high levels of attachment among people associated with the place and in 1975 the early fishermen, and holiday makers demonstrated their commitment to the place when they spontaneously formed a group that still operates as the Friends of Currango to support its continued operation.

Currango has strong associations with early pastoralists who were significant in developing the region, most notably Thomas O'Rourke and Arthur Triggs and it was a critical component of the Australian Estate Mortgage Company's chain of properties, drought relief strategy. The Taylor family (Tom & Molly, Ted & Helen) are well known throughout the region as its most significant caretakers, who have perpetuated and enhanced the longstanding tradition of lively and active mountain hospitality and stories associated with Currango.

The cultural landscape of Currango is significant as an aesthetically pleasing combination of low key weatherboard accommodation buildings and vernacular drop log and slab outbuildings set among exotic plantings, creating a landmark within a broader natural landscape where the Port Phillip pines stand out as a beacon for travellers. The cultural plantings in the Currango area are an integral part of the heritage value of the place, providing a demonstration of landscape management, self-sufficiency and use of an established pastoral property in the Koscziusko Mountains. The cultural landscape as a whole is of greater value than its individual built or planted elements.

The subsurface archaeological deposits associated with European occupation have potential to contribute to our greater understanding of the site. The Aboriginal heritage of the area comprises a suite of Aboriginal sites which demonstrate the evolving pattern of Aboriginal cultural history and have the potential to yield information about local and regional adaptive strategies. The quality, extent and diversity of the prehistoric archaeological remains in this place are not well understood at present. The sites have high research value at the local level and moderate value at the regional level. The sites are significant to the local Walgalu and Wiradjuri Aboriginal communities as a demonstration of their past presence in the high plains and the Currango Historic Precinct has an ongoing association with local Aboriginal people (NPWS, 2004)
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Description

Physical description: Setting
The cultural landscape of Currango is significant as an aesthetically pleasing combination of low key weatherboard accommodation buildings and vernacular drop log and slab outbuildings set among exotic plantings, creating a landmark within a broader natural landscape where the Port Phillip pines stand out as a beacon for travellers. The cultural plantings in the Currango area are an integral part of the heritage value of the place, providing a demonstration of landscape management, self-sufficiency and use of an established pastoral property in the Koscziusko Mountains. The cultural landscape as a whole is of greater value than its individual built or planted elements.

A mature specimen of a Himalayan or blue pine (Pinus wallichiana) with its long curved cones forms part of Currango's plantings. (Spencer, Roger, A Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia, volume 1, Conifers), p.271-2).
Current use: Accommodation, National Park
Former use: Homestead, Farm

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing farming families-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
21(1)(b)Conservation Plan submitted for commentCurrango Historic Precinct Draft CMIP, by Jill Sheppard for NPWS, dated December 2003, in 3 parts Draft Conservation Management Plan lodged with Heritage Office Library 22 February 2006 Feb 22 2006
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

FRANK SARTOR
Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0098302 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
National Parks & Wildlife Service Section 170 Register  National Parks & Wildlife Service  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
TourismAccommodation Homepage2007Currango Homestead View detail
WrittenJill Shepherd Heritage Consultants2004Currango Historic Precinct Conservation Management Plan (draft)
WrittenLindsay M. Smith for Tumut district office, South west slopes region, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.2001Archaeological assessment at 'The Pines', Currango, NSW (or Report on archaeological monitoring of lighting/power construction work at 'The Pines', Currango historic homestead, NSW)
TourismTourism NSW2007Kosciuszko National Park View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5014095
File number: S92/00966


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