Peter and Annette Cox will open their home to the public
PETER and Annette Cox will open their historic home to the public on Sunday.
Built in 1874, the mud brick HardHill House is a unique property with an interesting past.
City of Greater Bendigo councillor Cox said he hoped to get a strong turnout to the home.
“It’s an old miner’s cottage made of made brick with a lovely wrought iron veranda made in Bendigo,” he said.
“There’s a lovely old oak tree which is over 100 years old.
“We’ve developed the gardens, which are set on an acre so it’s not a small site.
“There are plenty of flowers and colours and shade.
“We’re welcoming people to come into our house and have discussions about the garden, the rooms and the architecture.”
The property has old stables and an outside pan toilet which are both still intact.
Cr Cox said a $4 entry fee would help raise money for the redevelopment of Canterbury Park, which needs $224,000.
“We thought we could do our bit to raise money for the project,” he said.
“The council is about to go out to tender and the user groups need to raise $224,000, which is a fair amount of money.”
There’s a lovely old oak tree which is over 100 years old. There are plenty of flowers and colours and shade.
The Cox’s have lived in the home for eight years.
“I had no intentions of buying another home or shifting,” Cr Cox said.
“I went along after an auction and was so impressed I bought it that afternoon.
“It’s quite a simple house but it’s one that has a presence.
“It also has a history, and living in it, I think we feel that history.
“There’s something special about it.
“It’s very well known in the neighbourhood.”
Cr Cox said he believed modern architects could learn from historic building techniques.
The property, which is located at 57 Green Street in California Gully, will open from 10am to 4pm.
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