Blayney’s oldest house?

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Harry Marshall against the chimney of the house where he spent his formative years. (Flick across to see more images). An old bicycle inside ‘Christie’s Hill’ (Flick across to see more images).
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She’s still standing, but on her last legs. The house called Christie’s Hill on Marshalls Lane, Blayney, could be the oldest remaining house in Blayney, says former resident and now caretaker Harry Marshall.

He was born in and spent his first six years in the house – his family were tenants there as his father was a farmhand on the property.

His mother and her ancestors had grown up on the property.

Mr Marshall said: “I heard the house was built by squatters who’d come from Scotland. It’s thought to be the first white settlement in the Blayney district.

“When we lived here, It was rough. If it rained, the water came in everywhere and you knew no better.”

Apart from the rain pouring in, there was no running water nor electricity in the home, but the fireplace was so big, they could heave a huge log of wood in to burn.

When he lived on the 162-hectare property it stabled horses and sulkies amongst other things.

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“A local man, Billy Lee, used to come here to pick up the horse manure and dig it into the vegetable garden for the hospital. He was here 9 am every Saturday.

“He didn’t work for the hospital, he was just one of those people who gave a lot of time to help people. Mum would give him chook eggs, too.

“When I was about five years old, we had a couple of old turkeys running around and Billy asked what we’re going to do with them. Mum said she’d chop off their heads and chuck them in the old paddock.

“Billy said he would take them and he told us later he’d killed and dressed them and they’d been fed to the patients at the hospital,” said Mr Marshall.

When Billy passed away, his bequest meant the Lee Hostel next to Blayney Hospital was able to be built.

Over the past half century or so, Christie’s Hill has deteriorated and the current owner uses it to store various odds and ends he’s picked up from around Sydney. As a deceased estate, the property could be sold.

The land may well have been part of an early land grant to Henry Ewin, according to the president of the Blayney Shire Local and Family History Group Inc, Gwenda Stanbridge.

In the April 2012 issue of Blayney Diggings, the group’s journal, she wrote: “Ewin, a Presbyterian, with his Irish Brogue, settled on the outskirts of Blayney, initially leasing his land off the Church and School Corporation, then buying it when it was advertised for sale.

“In 1848, the family, which included four colony-born children, relocated to their new property at Kings Plains (Blayney). As Henry was a blacksmith, he set up his business on the track out of Blayney toward Bathurst, later farming … to feed his large family, which by 1860 included five girls and four boys.

“The land which Henry Ewin bought is now bounded by Marshalls Lane and includes the show ground site.

“Henry died in 1904 at his property, Bellevue, one of the earliest pioneer farmers in the Blayney district, aged 86 years.”

The history group meets at Blayney Library every second Wednesday of the month at 10am.

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Inside Christie’s Hill

Christie’s Hill

Photos at ‘Christie’s Hill’. (Flick across to view more images).

Photos at ‘Christie’s Hill’. (Flick across to view more images).

Photos at ‘Christie’s Hill’. (Flick across to view more images).

Photos at ‘Christie’s Hill’. (Flick across to view more images).

Photos at ‘Christie’s Hill’. (Flick across to view more images).

Photos at ‘Christie’s Hill’. (Flick across to view more images).

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