Addition to Cottage for J Bulleid Esq

Forrester, John Megget (b.1865, d.1965)
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Section A B, Plan, Side Elevation
Stamped J M Forrester 8-12-96
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pen and watercolour
H 345mm x W 510mm
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Collection of the Forrester Gallery. Id 150573


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"Dad must have been very busy at the end of 1925, as he was negotiating to purchase a farm and finally settled on one of about 100 acres at Deborah three miles south of Oamaru. It was not large enough, and he also bought an adjoining one of 57 acres. As the farmhouse needed renovation, and the farm was to be changed from a dairy farm to a pig farm, there was a lot of work to be done. Irvin Jones, who was my cousin and had been working for the Austins at Balruddery, became Dad s junior partner. Mother bought a house at 58 Wharfe St and we lived there until late in 1926, when we moved to the farm and a series of tenants rented the town house until we moved back in 1940". "The house was of Oamaru stone, and had been built in about 1860. As my parents knew the Roxby family there would have been little doubt about its age. Apparently it was a copy of the Roxby home in Scotland, but that the north-most room was added later. Unfortunately there was not as much attention given to suitable damp courses in some of the older buildings, and some years after we moved in, it was necessary to have mortar raked out and a damp course inserted. This was no easy task, as it had to be done in very short sections without disturbing the structure. First we lived at 58 Wharfe St for about a year in 1926 then, the farmhouse having been renovated, we moved out there. The alterations had included electrical reticulation, moving the staircase, which began at the left of the front hall when one came through the front door, and had two dangerous turns in it, to a straight one from the back of the house". The house and farm was purchased by John Maurice Bulleid, the son of John and Fanny Bulleid. The two snippets of info (above) are from my cousin, Victor Bulleid's Book. Victor's daughter was also named Deborah, after the area.

- Drew McClenaghan on 04-10-2020 23:09:58

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