A favoured spot in an unpredictable landscape

First settled in 1838 by European settlers, MacKenzie and Wilde, Woomargama Station was originally 10,000 hectares. Today it is 1800 hectares. To claim land, settlers had to clear the country of its bush; now we spend our time replanting trees.

Situated on the border between New South Wales and Victoria, about half way between Sydney and Melbourne, the property comprises rolling hills and fertile valleys. It has always farmed a combination of cattle and sheep as we do today with our poll herefords and merinos. The woolshed originally had 16 stands (each stand is manned by one shearer) but now operates eight stands when shearing comes around.

We are fortunate to have springs which allow us to pump fresh water to troughs around the property. My father, in conjunction with Charlie Jagger, designed the water system which pumps the water from the spring to the two tanks on the top of Jagger’s Hill and then it is reticulated via gravity to troughs around the property. Even in the worst drought, these springs have never dried up.

The Homestead was built in 1910 and faces towards a lake which was made in the 1920s. The “engine room” of the farm is The Square where the Manager’s house, the Overseer’s house, the Guest Quarters and the Machinery Shed is located.