SHOALHAVEN Heads residents have unearthed a piece of architectural history and are planning a community campaign to save it.
Jerry Bailey cottage was built about 80 years ago and is believed to be the only remaining cottage from that time that has not been renovated.
Until recently it was almost completely covered by ivy.
It was originally built on an area known as The Flat, where Shoalhaven Heads Caravan Park is now.
It belonged to Berry dairy farmers James and Jemima Ulrick, who were keen on beach fishing.
They built and used it as a holiday cottage in the early 1930s.
In the 1950s it was relocated to higher ground in Shoalhaven Heads. The property it now stands on has been sold and the new owner is happy for the community to remove it.
President of the Shoalhaven Heads Community Forum Laurie Talbot and forum publicity officer Anne-Louise O’Connor have motivated their community to save the cottage.
The group’s options for moving the building are limited and it was decided the only viable way to save it was to document it, dismantle it by hand, relocate it and when a suitable site is found rebuild it.
Mr Talbot said the plan was to end up with a building that the community could use, which can house historic displays that tell the story of Shoalhaven Heads.
“It will be a cultural building and a building the community can use,” he said.
After researching the building Mr Talbot discovered Nowra real estate agent Clyde Poulton lived in the cottage as a child.
Mrs Poulton and her three children lived in the cottage in the early 1950s.
Shoalhaven City Council’s heritage advisor John Oultram, who visited the cottage earlier this month, judged the building as worth saving.
“The cottage is certainly worthy of conservation and, had it been visible from the street, would certainly have been identified as a potential heritage item,” he said.
“It is in reasonable condition and should be capable of careful dismantling and reconstruction.”
The volunteers plan to start dismantling the cottage on August 10 and 11.