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'Glenona' - Award winning restoration

27 March 2015

'Glenona' (the house on the corner of Gladstone Street and Palmer Street) has recently won the 2014 ACT Master Builders Association award for heritage restoration as well as the ACT Master Painters award for heritage restoration. It was great recognition for the Porteous family after three demanding years of repairs and restoration.

Many resident will have watched with interest as the transformation of this fine old cottage took place. It is especially pleasing that 'Glenona' is recognised as a fine example of heritage restoration work, adding lustre to Hall's claims as a 'heritage village'

'Glenona' is one of the oldest houses in Hall, being built around the 1890s. One early photo shows previous owners Ellis and Jane Smith (nee Southwell) who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at 'Glenona' in 1928 with their five daughters and three sons. One of them, Leon, authored the well-known 'Memories of Hall', published in 1975.The block was originally owned by Ebb Brown who was a partner in Hall General Store.

It was also home in the thirties to the Gormly family. James Gormly taught at Mulligans Flat and Tallagandra Schools from 1923 to 1926, and then at Glenwood Public School from 1926 to 1935.

He married Irene Veronica Pratt, also a teacher, who preceded him as the teacher at Glenwood school. They resided at 'Glenona' for several years to 1935 and raised five children - James, Joseph, Joan, Richard and David.

Warmest congratulations to Paul and Sally on this fine achievement!

'Glenona' restoration

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