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Selector’s hut, Camp Mountain

I first saw this small timber hut at Camp Mountain, near Sam­ford, in 1998 when Dr Elizabeth Marks asked for advice about its care. Her family had owned the property since the 1880s. After Dr Marks died in 2002 her executors, in accordance with her wishes, made the property available for use as an ecological re­search facility by the Institute for Sustainable Resources, part of the Queensland University of Technology.

Keighly Marks and Espie Dods at the hut, a photograph taken when the hut was being renovated in about 1887.

The hut was built in the early 1870s, using timber slabs split from locally cut trees, by George Atthow who selected several adjacent portions of land. Dr Charles Marks bought the land in 1887, and the house was ren­o­vat­ed for his younger brother Dr Keighly Marks to live in​—​the shingle roof was replaced with corrugated iron, and the rooms were lined with dressed pine boards. There were various residents afterwards, and the house has been unoccupied since the mid 1940s.

It is typical of the small dwellings erected by selectors around that time. During a state-wide survey of heritage places in Queens­land the De­part­ment of Environment and Heritage proposed it for entry in the Queens­land Heritage Register. The Queensland Heritage Council agreed.

The hut in the landscape, looking west towards Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious.

The university asked for my advice on the listing proposal. I con­firmed that the place was significant for the reasons put forward by the heritage council; I thought that the pro­posed reg­is­ter bound­ary was reasonable; and I advised the university to not object to the entry.

The interior of the hut.

I prepared a short conservation plan for the site. A state government heritage grant funded the university to make essential repairs to the roof and timber structure, and to set up a program of termite baiting and mon­itoring. I also prepared a brochure to explain the significance of the hut, with guidelines for people who use the site.

project details

Client: SERF (Samford Ecological Research Facility, Queensland University of Technology)

Year: 2007-2010

Related: Heritage register entry, SERF website

filed under  House + Timber building

Project types
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Government building
Industrial site
Timber building

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