Shirley Harring

writer, farmer advocate, madwoman

Restoring Orwell: October 2015

October 8, 2015
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James Sutherland, Brisbane In the 1830s, much of Brisbane’s land and road infrastructure was built by convict labour. By the mid 1840s, wealthy free settlers began buying large portions of land. Particularly attractive were portions on hillsides, with a view across Moreton Bay or alternatively, the Brisbane river. One of these free settlers was pastoralist James Sutherland, who purchased much of the land that now forms the suburbs of Hamilton, Eagle Farm and Ascot. Sutherland built one of Ascot’s surviving and historically listed homes, Windermere. Whilst undertaking a title search, …

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Restoring Orwell – the beginning.

September 16, 2015
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Queenslander - goal

So, February 2015, we bought a house. Not any house. The house. We bought ‘Orwell’. She’s tired, she’s old, and someone in the late 70s butchered many of her features. Now, we’re putting her back together. So while some of these images might look a bit schmick, in reality, they’re probably ‘enhanced’ enough to keep the seller happy. 80s kitchen and all. There’s much to do – but we are OK with that. Let the games begin. Our goal: Something like this.   Oooh, yeah, baby.