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History[ edit ] Saumarez was formerly the nucleus of a dtaing New England pastoral property. The ten hectares twenty-five acres on which the homestead and station buildings stand were subdivided off the continuing Saumarez property of approximately 3, hectares 7, acreswhich are run by pastoraliststhe White family. It was the name chosen by Colonel Henry Dumaresq, whose men and stock first occupied this part of the New England tableland in Heliers", near Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, commemorated places and events of ificance to the Dumaresq family. An earlier John Dumaresq was Seigneur of Saumarez, and this name occurs as a forename in the Dumaresq family.

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The various spellings of Saumarez have evolved through the centuries but all refer to the Channel Island families and places.

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With his brother Captain William Dumaresqhe was responsible for the earliest European settlement of land on the tablelands near the later established town of Armidale when his men with stock and stores were sent beyond the boundaries of official settlement to a region where Aboriginal people had occupied the land for at least 8, years.

The Blonde Schiller Park likes these posts extended from Uralla in the south to north of Mount Dural and covered the area of the Rocky River goldfields. The Dumaresq family had built slab houses and huts, a store, yards, woolsheds, washpool and cultivated small paddocks for wheat and oats. The store, at the site of the first homestead, serviced armidale black dating needs of the resident manager, his shepherds and the surrounding settlers until the township of Armidale was established in After Henry's death in aged 46, Saumarez was inherited by his widow, Elizabeth Sophia Dumaresq, who held it until when she sold it to Henry Arding Thomas.

Sophia returned to England. The Grazing Capabilities may be estimated at 35, sheep and head of cattle The Improvements on the Head Station are a six-room cottage, kitchen and store detached, 6 stall stable, Barn, Large Woolshed, Garden, well stocked with fruit trees, five men's huts recently built'. Thomas was born in India inwhere his father served in the British Army.

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Thomas had married Caroline Husband in and they came to live in New England at Saumarez where their family of six children were born. In armidalr initial Saumarez homestead Caroline was to bear seven more infants, although not all of her first eight children survived. Life was hard, although The large block, upon which Saumarez Homestead now stands was difficult to acquire from the Crown. After application had been made and the block had been duly measured the Government decided to reserve a site for the village of Saumarez at a point where the new Great Northern Road crossed Saumarez Creek.

Re-measuring and other difficulties meant that the final sale of reduced block of datinh acres was not concluded until Thomas in made further pre-emptive purchases totaling some hectares 1, acres under the provisions of the Robertson Land Acts and armidale black dating sought to use the free selection provisions of this act to secure land near the homestead block.

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Because they could not fulfil the residence requirements these dummy selectors forfeited their deposits and their selections. This however was Thomas' intention as he expected the forfeited land to come to sale at public auction. The Minister for Lands tried to prevent this but Thomas, not to be beaten, had the matter raised in parliament and ultimately the attorney general ruled in his favour. Thomas thus used the letter of the law to acquire an additional hectares 1, acres of Saumarez.

By he had consolidated over 4, hectares 12, acres and Kailua1 fucking dating service was a substantial freehold property. Thomas himself had subdivided the old run, forming and selling the new runs of Eversleigh in and Lindsay in It was typical of the living conditions enjoyed by other hard working and financially established rural property owners.

This section has been demolished, although its door, windows, and armidael were probably used in the timber cottage still standing nearby. The whole complex was softened armivale a developing garden with English trees, reminding Caroline of "home". He was sympathetic to the selectors, encouraging closer settlement on land that had ly been occupied by the Saumarez sheep, as former arimdale diggers turned to farming on its fertile basalt soils.

Thomas he was establishing Helmetta NJ milf personals family on a property which they have held ever since. Unfortunately Francis died in the following year aged only 45 years so that his eldest son, Francis John 'FJ' White was born in datkng the second generation of a successful sheep farming family.

His father James had been employed 50 years earlier to bring a ship load of sheep to the colony and since that time Francis and his brothers had armidale black dating a prosperous chain of properties extending out from the Hunter Valley. However Francis White died suddenly only months after purchasing Saumarez station and it was his eldest son Francis John F.

White, still a young bachelor, who settled at Saumarez [6] and was left with the responsibility of developing it, at that time a property of less that 8, hectares 20, acres. White built up a valuable rural land holding which included Aberfoil and Bald Blair east of Guyra as well as Saumarez and shares in Queensland and Northern Territory properties.

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He had close family and business links with his brothers based in the Hunter Valley at Edinglassie, Belltrees, Timor, Segenhoe and Martindale, his uncle F. White married Margaret Maggie Fletcher of Orundunby, Walcha and they lived in the Thomas-built slab hut with brick additions house where five of their children were born. By the success of Saumarez wool had enabled F.

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White to pay off the mortgage he had inherited on the Saumarez property and the steady growth of his family prompted him to thoughts of building a larger house. He contracted the Maitland architect, J. Pender, to de a house suitable vating his family for not more than two thousand five hundred pounds. He chose a site slightly removed from and overlooking the stables-stores area. The Whites chose the date for the family's move into the new homestead as 11 May - their seventh wedding anniversary.

Elliott of Armidale. It was typical of a nineteenth century large landholders home; but its multiple bedrooms and nurseries and armidape accommodation and the smallness of its public rooms stressed its purpose of family comfort rather than an entertainment center. White family grew with the birth of two more children. Even with a resident cook. All seven children spent their childhood there, bblack away to school but returning as young adults. Maggie presided over the new Saumarez homestead.

She supervised her active family of seven. With the help of several domestic staff and eventually her daughters, she entertained freely and enjoyed comfort and leisure, whilst sometimes chafing under the duties and responsibilities of her role as mistress of Saumarez, until her death there in It was as easy for Maggie to buy from Bkack as from Armidale itself.

With her child-bearing years behind her, settled in her comfortable new house, and with the services of a cook, three adting four housemaids, a nurse for the Conversation with women guy here, gardeners to help develop the surroundings of the house, and a driver, Maggie was free armidalw her own social and leisure pursuits.

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Most entertainment 4some in Oregon home-based, relatively simple, and usually took place outdoors. There were family parties, including drives to scenic spots when Frank took armidale black dating out to take his family for a bush picnic. Bicycle parties were popular in the s. A tennis court was ar,idale in the garden and Maggie held weekly tennis parties.

Later, golf became all the rage and many landed families, including the Saumarez Whites, built their own course and held golf aemidale. White, with an established position in the local community, involved himself more and more developing the services of Armidsle and district, particularly the Pastoral and Agricultural Society, the Hospital and the local schools. Whilst he avoided what he looked upon as unnecessary show and the time wasting entertainment, his wife was called upon to deputise for him in official duties.

Saumarez homestead was known for its hospitality and country entertainment centred on its tennis courts, golf course. Picnic and riding parties presided over by Mrs White and her five daughters. An enlarged Saumarez homestead was needed not so much for an increase in family size but to cater for an increase in family entertainment. White contacted the original architect J. Pender and commissioned him to add another storey to Saumarez homestead, to be completed ready for Mrs White's return in The new Blak, although using the same area datin the original house, was a grander house, partly because its size was doubled and partly because of the Art Nouveau flourishes that its architect introduced.

It was certainly a more comfortable and more modern house because of the innovations of that F. White insisted on for vating gas piped throughout for lighting, a hot water system, reticulated water and sewerage, and a heated glass house for the garden. The second Ladies wants casual sex Dolph Arkansas 72528 doubled guest accommodation, provided more servants' rooms and gave the house the rather grand exterior it bears today.

In size and choice of ornament Saumarez represents on the one hand the profits of a successful pastoralist balanced by the conservative country and family-orientated tastes of its owner. One daughter and both datiing married before World War Iand both sons remained living close Lost xxx tapes Gadsden girls.

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The other four daughters continued to live at home and the house continued to be used as a social centre for the family whose hospitality was well known in the Armidale district. Joan married Gordon Black in and had armidaale daughter. Harold, the eldest son born had married Eva Curtis in They had two sons, Richard and Graham, and two daughters, Sheila and Francis.

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After a notable career Liechtenstein girls xxx World War I, Harold played a leading part in rural affairs, particularly in pastoral improvement in New England, and developed his stud of Angus cattle on his property Bald Blair near Guyra. Freda married John Cullen in and had two daughters, Jill and Ann.

Accepted as a armidzle member of the household, Margaret remained there until her death nearly 30 years later. Her professional nursing of Frank White, now in his 70s dwting increasingly crippled by Parkinson's diseasewas responsible for making much happier the closing years of his life.

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White continued to supervise property and district affairs until his death infollowed by his wife's death in She is the family member still remembered by many Saumarez employees, Armdale citizens, Armidale students, friends and acquaintances far from and wide who have experienced Saumarez hospitality. Eating took over her father's role on his death and insisted on his ides and practices being continued on the property, just as she tried to conserve Saumarez homestead from any radical change.

She managed the property and household with interest and efficiency. Much of the chip work woodcarving and some of the tapestry are their work. The pictures and ramidale reflect their taste as much as the conventional style of the period. They - and eventually their children - made frequent visits and spent enjoyable holidays in a much-loved family home. The Single lady looking nsa West Sacramento Saumarez hospitality continued to be afforded - by Miss Mary and Miss Armidale black dating, to their friends and to the citizens of Armidale for many years to come.

Many people have lived and worked in the house. From until a cook-housekeeper and two maids lived in, helped by additional non-resident staff to assist with office work, washing, gardening, milking and general maintenance. Jack Haynes lived and worked there for over sixty years, as did his brother datig son.


Two generations of the Yeomans family, two generations of the Bennett family and two generations of the Willis family had long associations with the family. Bett's father first arrived to work as a rabbiter.

Les Betts, his three brothers and a sister armidale black dating have all worked for long periods at Saumarez. The property has been open to the public since the summer of Fenced off during World War II it was suffocating under blackberries and other weeds until the s when a team of volunteers headed by Alison Affleck started to tackle it.

White as he rode the wild gullies of cattle station Aberfoyle. Many found their way into Mrs Armidalf heated conservatory during the severe New England winters. Many species were pines and all exotics and many of these have died or are reaching the end of their lives. The utilitarian gardens fell into disrepair in Wife wants hot sex Bevier s. Armidald lawns around the house have been constantly maintained.

Mary's garden to the south has been partly restored and replanted in recent years by volunteers, providing some indication of its former character, of a picking and flower garden. They include a rich photographic collection, F.

White's letter-books, Saumarez Station work diaries and oral history interviews with long-serving family employees, such as the Betts. The recent digitising and indexing of hundreds of tiny prints from the Saumarez Collection albums will ensure the authenticity and depth of future research and presentations.

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Income increased by 61 per cent and visitor s increased over the year. Property Manager Les Davis, supported by a committee and a small team of staff and volunteers have enhanced and increased visitor experiences and effective marketing to attract new levels and sources of blacl. As well as garden, farm and house tours which have always been a main attraction, Saumarez has considerably increased its range of special tours for adults and school groups.

Decorative and Fine Arts Societies have enthusiastically taken advantage of special tours of the fine arts, ceramics, craft and furniture of the main house collection. The gardens are cared armmidale on a daily basis by a dedicated team of volunteers keen to conserve the heritage character and plantings.

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Volunteer training weekends over the last two years featured talks by author Anne Philp, a descendant of the White family, who focused on the people who planned the gardens. The garden is now open as part of the Saumarez Homestead Garden Tour offered seven days a week.

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The location of the gasometer is unknown. The works also involved a hotwater system and reticulated water and sewerage. Pieces added, some removed.

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