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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 5 Slice of history changes hands END OF AN ERA: Winton, Marguerite and Tom Munnings at Glebe House which was bought by heritage manager Brad Williams. HERITAGE LISTED: Glebe House has been the family home since 1920. HEAVY DUTY: The front door key. JENNIFER CRAWLEY WELL WORN: Winton's mother's stove. WINTON Munnings has said goodbye to Glebe House --- home to five generations of his family in Kempton. Winton's great grandfather Walter bought the house in 1920, his grandfather Hector was Kempton's blacksmith and his dad Morris --- who everyone called Tom --- ran the general store for 30 years. Winton is a boilermaker welder who works in Hobart. He lives in Kempton across the road from Glebe House with wife Marguerite and his 18-year-old-son Tom in a house that his grandfather Hector built. Tom --- a second-year apprentice diesel mechanic --- said he would have liked to have taken on Glebe House. ''I didn't want to see it go because it was in the family for so long,'' Tom said. Winton is more circumspect. ''None of us wants to see it go but you've got to be sensible, it's too big for me,'' he said. Tom is a country person like his dad and is saving for his own piece of land. Heritage listed Glebe House was built in 1830s and has been sold to Southern Midlands Council heritage manager Brad Williams. ''He'll look after it,'' Winton said. The sale of Glebe House set a record for Kempton, selling in three weeks. ''There was a lot of interest from the mainland with 1500 hits on the internet but Brad was the lucky one to get it,'' Winton said. The house has remained largely unchanged for a century. Dark baltic pine floor boards creak underfoot --- a couple of floors have been replaced, including the one in the kitchen where an old stove sits. ''Dad wanted to buy mum another one, but she wouldn't have it,'' Winton said. ''She still cooked on it right to the end. It was as clean as the day it was bought, the only stove she had.'' Winton has kept his dad's and grandfather's tools from the house and Tom has kept his great grandfather's gramophone and 100 records. A clearing sale of the remaining contents attracted curious onlookers and collectors to the Southern Midlands town last weekend when 90 years of Munnings memorabilia went under the hammer. Cream cans, biscuit tins, a convict bed, a pine meat safe and a 100-year-old Bentwood child's highchair were among the many historic items up for auction. Roberts auctioneer Robert Drummond was entrusted with the clearing sale. Drummond and Winton were in Rural Youth together and have known each other for 40 years. Winton said Kempton has lost some of its older buildings but new ones have gone up and newcomers have settled in the town. ''I used to know everyone here once but there's a lot I don't know now,'' he said. ''I've been brought up here, it's what I've been used to, I wouldn't like to live in the city. They'll only have to put me over the fence when I die, I'm next door to the cemetery.'' ''We've done the right thing. Brad will be good for this place,'' he said. Winton said his parents would be happy with the decision to sell. Surrounded by the hills of Kempton, Glebe House looks set to stand for another 100 years. News Nationals poll rebirth' RURAL NSW indepen- dents were ousted as the Liberal-Nationals Co- alition won power in the weekend's NSW election. The result, ending 16 years of Labor rule, is also seen as a backlash against federal independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oake- shott for handing Labor power after last year's in- conclusive federal election. Nationals leader Warren Truss said election results in Western Australia, Vic- toria, federally and now in NSW showed there was a National Party ''re- surgence''. He said the Oakeshott and Windsor factors in Port Macquarie and Tam- worth were ''real''. edged ''the comprehen- sive mandate'' given to the NSW Coalition. The Weekly Times 2034218-110401 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Thank you Growers & Contractors for the completion of a very difficult season for everyone. Looking forward to next season and more sunshine.
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