Corowa farm up for sale for the first time since 1860s

Alistair WalshMarch 15, 20120 min read

A 400-hectare sheep and crop farm in NSW that has been in the same family since about the 1860s has been put up for sale for the first time.

The Corowa district property has been in the Brown family since selection.

The only remaining members of the family are two nephews who live in Melbourne and have no interest in continuing the farm. 

Full knowledge of the history of the purchase of the Buraja property was lost with the death of Arthur Brown in September 2011.

Rosemount comes with an old four-bedroom weatherboard house and all the requisite infrastructure for farming, including a three-stand woolshed, steel sheep yards, cattle yards, machinery sheds and silos.

Though not the original, the house has been around for a long time. Arthur Brown was born in the house and lived there until he died in his 80s.

The house has been renovated during its life and comes with an electric kitchen, a formal lounge and a meals area.

Behind the house are the remnants of the original homestead, including a workers’ quarters and the old kitchen and bathroom.

The 11-paddock property can run 1,000 ewes and is also used for cereal and oilseed crops.

The Brown family used to run a blacksmith forge on site, the remnants of which still remain. This was used to forge and maintain equipment and look after working horses.

The land is being sold in one block, though there is the chance it may be split up into three lots.

If buyers are quick they also can bid on a collection of antiques associated with the property including a full blacksmith ensemble, old wagons, a piano and beds, all from the 1800s.

The land is 15 kilometres north of Corowa and 60 kilometres north west of Albury/Wodonga.

Agent Reg Coulston from Elders Albury has price hopes of about $1.4 million for its March 30 auction.


Alistair Walsh

Deutsche Welle online reporter
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