Publications which are the most relevant to the Old Kinchega Homestead
are Kearns' (1970) biography of H. B. Hughes and Hardy's (1969) study of
settlement in the West Darling. These two provide some historical background
and names of some of the occupants of the homestead (see also Rainbird
et al 1997: 14-24).
Reports for the National Parks and Wildlife Service about the homestead complex have been prepared by architects, archaeologists and historians. In 1970, shortly after the Kinchega National Park was established, Philip Cox and Associates submitted a report on the buildings in the Park. They recommended that all the loose bricks from the Old Kinchega Homestead site be collected and used as pavements for a museum in the 'cook house', at the shearers' quarters. They also recommended that the remaining walls be levelled to two courses above ground, to allow tourists to read the plan of the house. Neither of these recommendations appear to have been taken up and this approach would no longer be seen as appropriate.
In 1976, archaeologist Michael Pearson, recommended that some of Philip Cox's proposals for demolition of buildings in the Kinchega National Park be reconsidered, although he still advised that the brick buildings should be levelled to two or three courses. He also recommended that the area be cleared of encroaching vegetation. Again neither recommendation has been taken up. Pearson's photographs and descriptions indicate that, while the walls may have stood a little higher in 1976 than they do now, the structures were in much the same state. However, he noted items, such as a wheelbarrow and a grass reed fence, which are no longer evident. The wheelbarrow is undoubtedly that which is in the collection currently held in the woolshed, place there as advised by Philip Cox and Associates. Pearson also observed that the collapsed brick walls had sealed large areas of the floor of the main building.
Archaeologist Elizabeth Rich's 1985 recordings of the extant homestead remains contain information concerning the buildings and the exotic plants in the homestead garden, which is no longer evident from the present remains (further details: Rainbird et al. 1997: 12-13).
For her 1988 report, the historian Joan Kent relied heavily on Kearns (1970) and Hardy (1969). She stressed that this report constituted a 'preliminary over-view' of an 'interpretation of the pastoral assets' at Kinchega National Park and that 'a far more coherent and satisfactory report can be prepared when the direction of the project is clearer' (see also Rainbird et al. 1997: 12-13).
In 1996, Naomi Schmidt (Charles Sturt University) interviewed Peter Beven, of Sturt's Meadows, who had lived in the homestead during the 1940s while his father was overseer. His labelled sketch map of the homestead area has provided valuable information on the identification and function of many of the structures and spaces of the homestead area(Rainbird et al 1997: 43-44; here fig. 3).
In July 1998 interpretative signs were installed at strategic locations around the homestead to provide information on the functioning of various parts of the homestead complex to site visitors. These signs were compiled by Lisa Menke (Park Ranger) and Steve Garland (Central Darling Shire), using the 1996 KARP report and a taped interview with Peter Beven.
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