6 March 2020

Enormous potential and settlement history in Jerrawa

| Sharon Kelley
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Eileenville at Jerrawa

Eileenville at Jerrawa is a 109.9 ha property with 2.2 km frontage onto Catherine Creek. Photos: Supplied.

Jerrawa sits in rural NSW on the north side of the Hume in the Upper Lachlan Shire, about 30 km from Yass. It’s a small, rural town with a rich history of colonial settlement, and has native pastures on which sheep and cattle graze.

‘Eileenville’ is a 109.9 ha property with 2.2 km frontage onto Catherine Creek, with native pastures ideal for grazing sheep and cattle. It has a 3-bedroom cottage and some solidly built sheds reflecting the heritage of the area.

Solidly built sheds

Shearing the Rams … the sheds reflect the property’s sheep-country heritage.

The property represents a fine opportunity for the purchase of real peace and quiet, with the option to graze animals or use the land for agistment while commuting for work to Canberra, which can be done within an hour.

The community of Jerrawa may be peaceful, but it has a long history and is representative of most rural communities: friendly, steeped in tradition and welcoming to newcomers.

The Gunning and District Historical Society is active in Jerrawa, recording the stories from the past that add to the rich community knowledge of the area.

Every year, the community hosts The Little Royal Show at Easter. The Jerrawa Show includes a range of activities you’d expect from a genuine country show, with competitors vying for prizes in cookery, art, produce, handcrafted items, jams, preserves and sauces, and needlework.

Of course, there are the traditional ag categories, with fine merino fleece and sheep competing for prizemoney. For the kids, they can enter a series of athletic events, including an egg and spoon race.

Hay shed

A solidly built hay shed at Eileenville.

Eileenville sits at the heart of this community at 613 Jerrawa Road, and while the cottage is modest but in good condition, the sheds are solid and agricultural holdings this size are hard to source at Yass.

Sheds include a woolshed, hay shed, fully enclosed and lockable machinery shed, and a charming garden shed at the cottage.

Catherine Creek, which runs through the property, has some deep pools and springs, and Eileenville has a good bore supply for trough water, and rainwater tanks service the potable water to the cottage.

Garden shed

A quaint garden shed adds even more character to Eileenville.

Most recently, the vendors have been running cattle at Eileenville, but this is prime sheep grazing land and is set up for wool production.

The school bus runs past to pick up children attending Yass schools, and in Jerrawa, which was established as a railway town, there are many historic buildings to see, including the church which was built in 1862.

It’s well worth a day trip to visit the Jerrawa Show at Easter, and make sure you inspect 613 Jerrawa Road through Yass Real Estate agent Edwina Brown. She can be contacted on 0429 327 059.

Original Article published by Sharon Kelley on The RiotACT.

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