20 October 2021

Historic Wagga Wagga homestead goes on the market

| Sally Hopman
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Hanging Rock homestead

Historic Hanging Rock homestead with its unique ha-ha stonewall around the property. Photo: Ray White Rural Wagga Wagga.

Hanging Rock homestead, one of the oldest properties in the Wagga Wagga region, has just gone on the market.

Expressions of interest have been called for the homestead that was originally built by John King – who was credited with breeding some of Australia’s best working dogs – although it has undergone major refurbishment since it was built in 1875.

John King was the first man to import the kelpie dog to Australia in 1825. He apparently bought what was then known as Hanging Rock Station from Susannah Brown in 1873.

For the past 60 years, the property has been in the hands of the Angel family.

A working farm of almost 360 hectares, Hanging Rock is a mixed operation, running sheep and cattle. It also boasts extensive infrastructure, including a three-stand woolshed; silos; machinery; hay sheds; steel sheep and cattle yards; and a new double garage.

It also has a plentiful supply of water on hand, with 13 dams, including two house dams, nine water troughs and two windmills.

Hanging Rock homestead

Hanging Rock homestead was built by John King, Australia’s first kelpie dog breeder. Photo: Ray White Rural Wagga Wagga.

The property boasts large areas of creek flats which have undergone a large pasture redevelopment program with phalaris, clover and cat grass.

There are also documented rotational records for each paddock.

The earliest section of the homestead was built in 1875. While much refurbishment has taken place, some original features remain, including the original shingles under a new iron roof.

The home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, 12-foot-high pressed metal ceilings, five original fireplaces throughout the house, and a cellar.

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There is an extensive entertaining area outside, including a traditional verandah, as well as a tennis court, landscaped gardens and a ha-ha stone wall.

Such walls, built in the 18th century, are rare. Like a sunken fence, they were designed in days gone by primarily to keep livestock out of the formal gardens of grand houses, with one side of the wall acting as a barrier.

One of the special features of the garden is a Cook Island pine, believed to have been planted when the house was built.

Expressions of interest for Hanging Rock homestead close on 12 November. For more information, contact Ray White Rural Wagga Wagga agent Geoff Palmer on 0437 892 522.

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Looks really great: does it come with a clay target shooting range, or the DA for one?

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