Numinbah Valley 17: Once Upon a Time. Pioneer Cottage built by Frank Nixon

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Comments (16)

Olga I. Yakovenko on January 29, 2010

Let it be for all next times! Olga

thor☼odin™ on January 29, 2010

What is this Ian? does anybody live here?? It's a rich an fertile environment so beautiful displayed in this picture Ian Best wishes, Peter

jeff_msn123 on January 30, 2010

Story of three little pigs.....

Cheers, Jeff

bdeh on January 30, 2010

Looks like a homestead of the first settlers. Nice picture Ian. Greetings Berend

sugarbag1 on January 31, 2010

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.I really like it.It reminds of our little old house on the farm, before I desided to paint it with a green roof instead of a red.It was also had *Weatherboards as well.Y. Best Regard,David

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2010

Olga, Peter, Jeff, Berend and David:

Thank you Olga for your appreciation of this rustic old farm house. Once it was home to someone: the brick chimney and the citrus tree out the front help us imagine some of the warmth of family life. But that was along time ago, now.

As Berend suggests it may have been the first dwelling on this farm, built even before the farm was established, and the forests were still being cleared.

This must have been the second little pig, Jeff. At least he had learnt from his brother how to build a chimney from bricks. O the big bad wolf - he didn't succeed in blowing the house down though.

So Peter, I think your question is probably answered. Agriculture in this valley has not much more than 100 years of history. Not like Europe, the forests were only cleared for farms last century. Homes are necessarily small and quite simple at first. Since the farm became more prosperous, and farms were amalgamated, the early timber cottages are abandoned, and new more substantial dwellings built.

Thank you for your recognition, David. From the far west of the continent where you live to the far east, the farm homes are similar. And thanks for the YS.

Warm regards to all,


gezginruh on January 31, 2010

Sad but reminder of the old days. So i like it.

Most friendly. Füsun

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2010

Hola, Füsun. Memories are powerful.


M and R on February 2, 2010

Rustic. R

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2010

Hi Rob. Did you want to relocate it to the block nextdoor? Dad

M and R on February 3, 2010

No thanks. Have already moved a much less rustic house off the block. The final house plans came through yesterday. R

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

That's good, Rob, for it will save me from having to be the project manager!! And this rustic cottage stays where it belongs - in a rustic setting. Good to hear your news.


damoirons on February 9, 2010

I used to live out there, that is a cabin that Frank nixon built for his mother-in-law. Frank was one of the first people to explore Numinbah Valley.

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2010

Thanks for adding the history to this photo, damoironsIt is greatly appreciated. I will amend the title accordingly, soon.


kevin mcvay on February 20, 2010

very nice photo.Greetings from shalom57

Ian Stehbens on February 20, 2010

Shalom! Thanks for your appreciation, shalom57. It is a lovely piece of Australia.


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