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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cottages - "Aberfeldy"

Aberfeldy is said to mean ‘over the fields’ in the Scottish language however a search of The Dictionary of the Scots language failed to corroborate that assumption. 

Given that the cottage was built by Henry Charles Lennox Anderson c1890, it is much more likely that the origin came from the small market town of the same name located in the Highlands of Scotland.  Anderson was said to have been granted the 50 acre property - located in the vicinity of present-day Whitecross Road Winmalee - for services rendered in the Sudan War.  That must be taken at face value however because the entry for him in the Australian Dictionary of Biography does not mention any war service.

In 1906 Aberfeldy was rented by a Mr. Cook who is thought to have been the post-man.  Henry Goddard purchased the cottage in 1911.  The Goddard family took over the postal duties, and by 1925/26 Cecil Goddard is listed as the owner of the cottage on the electoral rolls for the district.

Aberfeldy remained in the ownership of the Goddard family until after World War Two.

Ref:
Springwood Historical Society Bulletin Newsletter No. 1. 
See post on Henry Charles Lennox Anderson 


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