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MEDIA RELEASE - Robertson brings Warrock story to life

5 June 2018

Living on Casterton’s Warrock Road, Adam Robertson always had a childhood infinity to learn more about the colonial stories and pastoral heritage of the majestic neighbouring Warrock homestead.

The talented 23-year-old’s years of dedicated research were brought to life yesterday with the launch of his book; A life built worth settling for – Warrock Station; a chronological story behind one of Victoria’s most significant historical settlements.

Mr Robertson mused whilst he had lived a mere six kilometres from the Casterton homestead, he never quite knew its cultural significance until he started his research.

“Despite my proximity to the homestead it wasn’t until 2012, when I was 18 that I first visited the property. I find it hard to believe that for the first 18 years of my life I was utterly blind to my surroundings,” Mr Robertson said.

“This is a community which assisted to sculpture Victoria’s early pastoral history, one of the first in the state behind the Henty’s.”

The Casterton visitor services officer spent more than 18 months writing his latest publication, the second in a planned series of historical books supported by the Glenelg Shire Council and Casterton District Historical Society.

Scottish settler George Robertson purchased Warrock, an 11,000 acre property in 1844 creating a small settlement comprising of 57 mostly timber buildings.

This entirely self-sufficient settlement, featured beautifully sculptured gardens with significant trees and plant species including a main homestead, worker’s accommodation, woolshed, stables, carriage house and blacksmith shop.

Glenelg Shire Council CEO Greg Burgoyne, who officially launched the book, said council was extremely proud of Mr Robertson’s achievements

“Adam is a tenacious and determined employee, spending thousands of hours over the past two years researching and crafting this important piece of our local history,” Mr Burgoyne said.

“It gives me no greater pleasure than watching the personal development of employees and Adam is testament to what hard work and a focused attitude can achieve.”

Casterton District Historical Society president Karen Stephens, who is also a Glenelg Shire Councillor, thanked the countless community members who had assisted Adam with content for the book, including photographs and newspaper clippings.

“Adam’s hunger to learn more about our local history is infectious. The historical society is extremely thankful to the many locals, and those from afar, who have assisted in making this, book a reality,” Cr Stephens said.

Copies of the book are available from the Australian Kelpie Centre, Casterton’s Visitor Information Centre for $35 each.
Adam works at the centre each Monday and Thursdays and is welcome to sign copies of the book.

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