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Cornelius O'Keefe's Cottage

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O'Grady, Kathleen

Date: 1986 -

Description: This structure is situated at the intersection of Shadforth and Marriott Streets in Westbury, Tasmania. The brick cottage was built in c.1850 on a five acre land grant No. 91, for a retired military soldier named Cornelius O'Keefe. More than 160 five acre allotments were granted to former military personnel in this Westbury suburb known as Queenstown in that era. The men were obligated to do twelve days military service a year. The home was given to the military pensioners after seven years provided the conditions of their service were fulfilled. Mr. O'Keefe who had previously served with the 57th Regiment Fusiliers of Foot was placed in command of the military pensioners. A large wooden barn c.1850 was built at the rear of his house and used to accommodate recently arrived families until their cottages were completed. This building was demolished many decades ago. Catholic religious services were conducted in the O'Keefe Family cottage in the early 1850's. A very large poplar tree which was originally brought out from Ireland in a clay pot and planted in the back yard still stands today. Mr O'Keefe died on the 7th of April 1893 aged 84 and his wife Ellen died on the 26th October 1896 aged 69. Their graves are situated in the nearby Catholic Cemetery. This significant dwelling which was the first and only brick pensioner's cottage in Queenstown has been restored and well maintained in recent years. This image was captured from the western direction in 1986.

Format: Pictorial and artistic works
Object: photographs

Cornelius O'Keefe's Cottage

Subjects: military houses

People/Orgs: O'Keefe, Cornelius

Places: Lot 91, Marriott Street, Queenstown, Westbury, Tasmania

Institution: Westbury Historical Society

Object number: WEHS_0027

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