Last updated 6Oct14

The Southern Eucalyptus Distillery site is located in the south-eastern part of the Reserve around 600m south-east of the Tidbinbilla RIng Road in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Location: GR 55H FA 73619-71930 (MGA94), Tidbinbilla 8627-2S 1:25000

Steel pipe at southern eucalyptus oil distillery site, February 2011

Visit: 15 Feb 11

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KHA web site: Bendora Hut is a distinctive iron hut with a skillion roof, having a fireplace along the long side wall. It was built, probably in 1938-39, for the forestry and road construction activities of that period. Charles Lane-Poole named the arboretum and adjacent hut after a species of New Guinea timber.

• KHA Namadgi database (private source). Site 315. Another vestigial site, this place was valued at 35 pounds in 1883 when surveyed for Alexander Brayshaw. An archaeological survey reported evidence of a vegetable garden at this site.

Gudgenby: A register of archaeological sites in the proposed Gudgenby National Park, J H Winston-Gregson MA thesis, ANU, 1978. Site B6. House valued at £45 for Alexander Brayshaw in 1879. See extracts of the relevant pages in the photos above.

• Steve Brayshaw’s paper: “Located at grid reference: 676368 East, 6033092 North. This is Alex’s first hut site it had a milking bail 80 metres north of the northern corner of the hut. According to Noel and Greg Luton a big set of yards were there. They also stated that their father Morris said that this was the hut that Charles McKeahnie lived in. That would make it the oldest European site in the valley.”

Sites of Significance in the ACT. A 9 volume set, pre-cursor to the ACT Heritage Register. Published in 1988 (Vols 1-7), 1989 (Vol 8) and 1990 (Vol 9); pp38-43. Site PT11. See extracts of the relevant pages in the photos above.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Cultural Resource Survey and Conservation Plan 20 May 1991. David Bulbeck and Philip Boot. P 72-74. See extracts of the relevant pages in the photos above.