Are you interested in history? Could you help save the Marshall Bluestone Cottage from destruction? This cottage has stood at the corner of Tannery Rd. and Barwon Heads Rd. Marshall, since 1866 and was built by the pioneering McAteer Family.
Under plans by the Major Roads Projects Victoria (MRPV) it will be demolished to make way for the widening of the Barwon Heads Road.
A group known as the Marshall Bluestone Cottage Community Group (MBCCG) has been formed to try to save the cottage by having it dismantled and reconstructed by MRPV as part of the road widening project, rather than simply destroying it. You can find them on facebook @savemarshallbluestoncottage
Should you wish to support efforts to preserve this building and join the MBCCG, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and you can be placed on the email list and be kept informed of meeting dates and future developments.
The Group meet again on Saturday 17th April at 4pm at the Marshall Tennis Courts. All welcome. Please also visit the website: https://marshallbluestonecottage.org/
On the website you can read more about the history of the area and the cottage. It was kept in the McAteer family until at least 1937, much of it was in original condition at this time. There is also a bluestone outbuilding which has a nineteenth century appearance.
By 1957 the property was owned by market gardener Reno Saccardo.
In more recent years the cottage has served as a Healing centre as well as a Cafe. Currently it is still privately owned and being rented out for domestic tenancy.
Folklore has it that it had also been used at times as a Cobb & Co stop, a Post office and a Police station with gaol. No evidence however, has as yet been located that confirms any of these theories.