Heritage list bid for Avoca

THE New South Wales Heritage Council is considering listing Avoca Station Complex on the State Heritage Register.

Bygone era: The homestead stables.

The homestead includes a stone and a drop-log dwellings and is located about 24km north of Wentworth township.

The official listing describes Avoca as once a primarily sheep grazing property, and was initially run in association with the neighbouring Popiltah Station.

It said the homestead complex was the hub of the station, providing accommodation and facilities for the pastoral operations.

In 1888, 120,000 sheep were shorn at Avoca with new Wolseley shearing machines.

The wool clip was transported by paddle steamer from the woolshed downstream via the Darling River to the Murray River.

Former owner Daniel H. Cudmore developed the station and installed pumps to irrigate lucerne and other fodder crops next to the homestead.

Mr Cudmore was a leader in the Wentworth region in the 1870s and 1880s.

He was honorary magistrate, and served as sheriff of the county and chairman of the Wentworth District Council and Agricultural Society.

Mr Cudmore helped fund construction of the state heritage-registered St John’s Church in Wentworth and paid its vicar. Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli encouraged district residents to support the application.

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