This week was our family Antique Auction!
60 years of memories went under the hammer in front of about 1,000 people from all around Australia.
Rex, my husband’s Dad, was an avid collector, as a young man he collected items from all over Australia. He scrounged through rubbish tips when he went on his goldfield trips. He collected items from the small goldfield ghost towns.
60 years of collecting and restoring, originally on his wheat and sheep farm near Cadoux in Western Australia, later at Katrine, near Toodyay.
By the way; that pedal powered dentist drill was purchased by the staff of a dental clinic for one of their dentists who turned 60 yesterday. He would of received it by now with a card to say where it came from…. how cool is that!
In 1988 Rob’s parents Rex and Chris retired from farming purchasing The Katrine 1832 homestead and its newly subdivided 20 acreas. It was evident to Rex and Chris, Katrine was in need of not only love and restoration but a careful plan for a close to true restoration. A complex mix of buildings included a shepards mud, stone and brick structure, the grand homestead, the barn, a dairy, the inn and of course sheds. Restoring and loving this property along with further collecting and restoring treasures kept them young and active for the next 25 years. Not to mention children and grandchildren’s quality time was weaved into their life web.
I remember when they bought the original Viveash family homestead . We knew they would love the tinkering, fixing and creating that the property was crying out for. This week, now 25 years later, is a bitter sweet experience for us all. Another era is beginning as today one is coming to its completion.
Rob’s Dad has now passed away, the property is a huge job to maintain and up keep not to mention it needs the passion to drive further creativity and love for the ongoing story. Alison, Rob’s sister, has been part of the past 15 years in the restoration and creativity with her parents. Both, Chris and Alison, along with Rob and Alistair ( Rob’s brother) came to see that Rex’s dream has come into reality. It’s time to celebrate his dream and let the collected items go to their next well loved homes.
The property will now go out to the market place for yet another era to begin.
Have a great day everyone