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Location: Obley Road, Dubbo, NSW 2830

Constructed: 1842-1842

A visit to the National Trust’s Dubbo property, Dundullimal is a special experience which allows visitors to step back into rural life in the early colony. Its story is one of amazing endeavour and vision, evidenced in the creation of a finely crafted, albeit rustic home, which has survived in near original condition at a time when the land was beyond the limits of settlement. Built in the early 1840s as the head station of a 6,500 hectare squatting run, the homestead is Australia’s oldest surviving timber slab building. Its interior however, is remarkably sophisticated for its genre, with louvre and multiple-paned glazing opening 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 iron bed and campaign chest. The ‘working’ areas include the blacksmith shop and cart room, sunken cool room, stores and stables. The history of Dundullimal is linked to that of nearby Western Plains Zoo, part of which was once included on its land.

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Name of item: Dundullimal
Other name/s: Dundullimal Homestead
Type of item: Complex / Group
Collection: Farming and Grazing
Category: Homestead Complex
Location: Obley Road, Dubbo, NSW 2830
Local Govt: Dubbo
Builder: John Maughan
Constructed: 1842-1842
Current use: House museum, events centre/cultural facility
Former use: Pastoral station