I recently visited a couple of ruined dwellings on a farm south-west of Williams that has a relatively long history.
George and Ted isbister were first settlers in this area in about 1902 and developed their holding before dissolving the partnership. Ted remained and married (Edna?) who had a daughter Jessie, who married (?) Smith and had two daughters, Pam who never married, and Maxine.The farm was passed down to Maxine and her husband Ted Spragg, who enlarged the holding until it was sold. Ted Spragg was a well respected farmer, and long serving councillor at the Williams shire. He was an elected member of the Shire from 1969 to 1990 and President from 1972 to 1987.
The centre of the house is a single room with rammed earth walls on a local granite foundation. The wooden board formwork for the walls can still be seen on one side. This may have been the original cottage The rest of the house is constructed of sawn beams clad with corrugated iron and jarrah slats for the ceiling. The house must have been searingly hot in summer days, but cooling down quickly in the evening, and freezing in winter. Judging by the refrigerator the house was occupied until the 1950s-1960’s. Of particular interest is a ceiling mounted gas or kerosene light.
A couple of vehicle shells remain further downslope; an FX Holdenand half a truck. The truck is a Thames Trader. These were manufactured by the British arm of the Ford Motor Company between 1957 and 1965.
For a visual tour of these houses, click this Google photos link