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Wyong Shire Council Media Release

1 September 2015

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Alison Homestead

Alison Homestead Restored To Former Glory 

The long awaited rebuild of Alison Homestead is now complete and officially open its doors this week. 

The Homestead, whose history dates back to 1875, fell victim to an arson attack in December 2011 which burned the original heritage building, containing the museum, to the ground.

Mayor Doug Eaton OAM said the rebuild and restoration project had been a slow and painstaking process and he was excited to see the valuable heritage building now complete.

Alison Homestead is an important link in our network of community and cultural facilities as it represents the arrival and location of the region’s best known pioneering families,” said Mayor Eaton.

“This has been a true community rebuild as Council worked closely with volunteers from the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society through every stage to ensure the facility retains its historical integrity as well as meets the needs of user groups and visitors.

“The rebuild represents a blend of old and new, with restoration to the surviving portion of the homestead and a new building within the original footprint. “

The original homestead (Alison Homestead) was burned to the ground by the hand of an arsonist in December 2011.

Aside from the delicate restoration works, the project included works to improve site access including formalised car parking, bus turning bay, bus drop-off area for visiting groups and widening and sealing of driveway and entry.

According to Council’s Manager, Community Partnerships and Planning, Julie Vaughan, the new and improved Alison Homestead design utilises functional spaces to maximise the use as a museum as well as a learning and cultural centre.

“The Homestead opening today is the first step towards returning the property to its full operational glory which will be realised in October when the museum will open its doors to the public once more.

“Although many priceless historical items, photographs and documents were sadly lost in the fire, the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society saved and cleaned as many items as possible and these will be displayed in the new museum area.

“In addition, in 2002, almost 20,000 documents were scanned or saved in a digital format and these will also be displayed for the public to view.

“I commend the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society volunteers for their tireless efforts to rebuild this collection of Wyong’s history and encourage everyone in the community to visit Alison Homestead when the museum reopens in October as part of the Pioneers Centenary Celebrations.”

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