Keilor Historical Society Inc.1990
Highlights which exemplify the features of Keilor Region.

Harrick's Cottage, c1861

Photo left: Harrick's Cottage c1861.
Harrick's Cottage is of cultural significance as a rare surviving example of a pole constructed, tent shaped dwelling and is an example of an Irish immigrant settler's hut dating from the early 1860s. The pole and scantling tent structure built in 1861-62 forms the central part of the timber and weatherboard cottage complex added in 1886. It is of interest in demonstrating early vernacular building techniques commonly adopted by Irish farmers in the gold rush and post goldrush period in Victoria. The weatherboard and iron hipped roof cottage and skillion addition of c1886 is typical of the majority of Georgian style farmhouses and cottages which found widespread application in Australia as a result of immigration from Ireland and other parts of Britain (Criteria B.2 and D.2). Harrick's Cottage is of cultural significance because of its links with the sub-division and agricultural settlement of the Keilor region and for its association with James Harrick, a Councillor of long standing on the Keilor Shire Council from 1898 to 1910.
(Source: National Estate Register)