Beauty Reawakened

A classic Hunter heritage residence has been given a new life and rebirth after the creative owners lavished much love and attention on its restoration.

Many people yearn for the great open spaces in which to live, while others feel more comfortable and connected when living in an inner-city environment. Such is the case for the owner of one of Maitland’s historic homes, having spent most of her childhood living in historic homes in various towns in Queensland, at the same time developing a deep love and respect for antique furniture.

Luckily for Fiona, her husband Bob is like-minded; they are both definitely city mice, not country mice! Having previously lived in leafy New Lambton Heights, the couple soon discovered the ‘burbs were not for them. “I love to be able to walk down to the shops, and have the hustle and bustle of city life around me,” said Fiona. “I felt completely alienated in this environment, so we went on a search for an older home in a city.”

The couple discovered the circa 1882 government-built Great Northern Railway Stationmaster’s home on the corner of Steam and Church Street, West Maitland, a block from the historic Maitland Railway Station…

Story and Images: Marilyn Collins.