Homebush emerges from ruins

Last updated 05:00 04/09/2014
Homebush, Sept 5, 2010
David Hallett

DESTROYED HERITAGE: Homebush was one of many buildings destroyed in 2010 by the September 4 earthquake. Its reincarnation is nearly complete.

New Homebush takes shape
TAKING SHAPE: Work is underway to replace the Dean family homestead, near the site of the quake-hit Homebush.
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The reincarnation of the historic Deans family homestead Homebush is nearly complete.

The ancestral home of Canterbury pioneers William and John Deans came crashing down in the 7.1-magnitude shake on September 4, 2010.

The ruins, near Darfield, became a defining image of that quake.

Four years on, builders are now putting the finishing touches to the new two-storey home, which has been situated east of the original site.

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Many hours of planning have been spent to ensure the family's vision of a "good house for 100 years time" was met.

Elements of the former homestead have been incorporated into the new home, including the wooden staircase, a Deans family member said.

Four members of the family, who were living in the home at the time of the quake, escaped without injury, despite part of the second floor collapsing on to the drawing room below.

A balcony above the veranda also collapsed.

That building was levelled about two months later and planning for its replacement began.

Five generations of the Deans family have farmed Homebush since 1851.

They leased and then bought 13,350 hectares.

In 1906, the Government split up all the big runs, and Homebush was divided among six brothers.


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