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"Hope Cottage"

"Hope Cottage" is at 11 Wright St, Clare SA. It is classified as Heritage.
(Heritage Number 7167).

Kathleen McKinnon lived there with her Grandmother Harriet McKinnon, while she was
attending school at Clare. Kathleen's parents Alexander James & Mary were
living in the far North at the time, while he was droving. Harriet's husband Alexander,
died when Kathleen was one month old.

Built of stone with very thick walls. Some of the walls measure 900mm in thickness.

There is one stamped-earth floor, the bathroom floor is of slate & large bricks,
one bedroom has been re-floored with jarrah & the kitchen has been cemented.

Ceilings are curved & lined with wood, possibly added later, since the early
ceilings were often calico or hession.

Furnishing are of the Victorian period.

Originally three rooms, with the kitchen & bathroom at the back added later.

The original shingle roof is visible under the iron roof.

Records show that the cottage was bought by the 'Baxter' family in 1924 from a Miss McKinnon.

The cottage is still in use by the Baxter family as a holiday retreat.