Recently my friend Don Thomson took me to ruins on a farm that he had bought some years ago at Dongolocking.
The old mud brick house belonged to Bob Lawes. Don recalled the time when it was intact and Mrs Lawes had an extensive garden. Only walls remain with a couple of huge prickly pears and fruit trees in the garden. The large mud bricks were beautifully made. It is so sad that they are melting away.
In the 1960’s the Lawes family sold out and faded from local history.
New owners were the Bain brothers (Phil, John and Ian) who had a home with their mum further south. Phil was the Dumbleyung shire clerk before farming with his brothers. According to Don, they were very good neighbours, who were very thrifty (nothing was wasted). They built a prefabricated house near the granite one that was used as a metal workshop.
The granite house is fascinating inside
I could find few references to them in local history books. Their estate (four blocks of land – about five million dollars was left to the Dumbleyung shire and the Dumbleyung Mens Shed. I guess there are plaques around Dumbleyung installed by grateful recipients.
For a visual exploration of the houses and shearing shed see this Google Photo album
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