A COTTAGE which is almost 100 years old had another chapter added to its historic story recently.
Known as the Jerry Bailey Cottage, the only intact and close to original building from the settling of Shoalhaven Heads, was dismantled and moved recently.
About 30 people from the community came together under the instruction of builders Peter Bell and Shane Leach to break the cottage down piece by piece.
The operation was expected to take two days minimum but was completed in
From 9.30am the volunteers quickly formed a production line so as each piece was removed it would be passed from hand to hand, numbered, catalogued, stacked, bundled and then loaded onto a truck.
After eight hours of work, plenty of laughs and toil the cottage went from an eye-catching historic home to a surprisingly small pile of wood and tin.
President of the Shoalhaven Heads Community Forum Laurie Talbot discovered the cottage hidden under ivy in a backyard while researching for a book.
With his wife Christine, the pair hatched a plan to preserve the cottage.
They gained permission from the owner Gary Sawyer, who was happy to see the building moved and preserved.
“Saturday went really well,” Mr Talbot said.
“I was expecting it to take at least two days to dismantle. To have it done in one was fantastic,” he said.
Forum publicity officer Anne-Louise O’Connor thanked the builders and the Talbots for their effort and time.
“I would also like to say a special thanks to everyone who had been involved in saving this cottage,” she said.
“I think we all felt a little weary by the end of the day but everyone put in a brilliant effort.”
The cottage is being stored at the Lazy Gardiner Nursery while the forum members await a decision from Shoalhaven City Council on where it can be permanently rebuilt.
“I think if council takes more than a few months to make a decision we will probably rebuild it at the nursery and move it to a site in the town later,” Mrs O’Connor said.
The group is hoping to have it rebuilt and in use as a museum and community building in time for next year’s 60th anniversary of the naming of Shoalhaven Heads.