‘Cooma Cottage’ Open Day
Sunday November 6th 2016
Cooma Cottage is one of the oldest surviving rural houses in Yass.
The cottage has important heritage values as the home of famous explorer Hamilton Hume for more than 30 years from 1839, after he ended his explorations and became a grazier. It also has historical significance as a relatively intact complex of rural buildings. It has a variety of significant natural and built elements, including an example of an early tree called the Picconia a relative of the olive and rare in Australia and which is almost extinct in its native Canary Islands.
Cooma Cottage stands as evidence of what the first settlers built for themselves, their families and workers. The handmade bricks and crafted woodwork are the result of local skills and manufacturing. The cottage grew from a bungalow through a series of additions over the 19th century.
The property is also a very valuable part of the early development of the Merino wool industry in Australia.
Hosted by the Yass Antique Farm Machinery Club Inc and the National Trust, Historic ‘Cooma Cottage’ will be open on Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm. You can view the historic homestead and enjoy the peaceful surrounds and the views of the Yass River.
Entry is via a gold coin donation to local charities.
Further details can be obtained from Helen on 0409 605 848
Historic Homestead & Stable Tours.            Heavy Horse Displays.
    Vintage Ploughing Demonstration.                 Early farming Displays.
        Plaiting Demonstration.                                     Vintage Machinery.  
                                Food, Coffee and Cold Drinks available.