Kate Stead, who is selling the old Maclean Brewery on Stanley Street, Maclean.
Kate Stead, who is selling the old Maclean Brewery on Stanley Street, Maclean. Adam Hourigan

Slice of Maclean’s up for sale

ONE of Maclean’s landmark buildings is back on the market.

Kate Stead, owner of the building affectionately known as The Brewery, has decided to sell the 129-year-old structure. It has been listed at $840,000.

Since buying the building four years ago, Ms Stead has made her mark by undertaking a number of upgrades to make the house more comfortable and practical, while keeping in line with the building’s natural character.

Ms Stead said children found the home fascinating, and watching them explore and discover hidden places gives her lots of enjoyment.

“We have loved being here. It has been a light and happy home,” Kate said.

“I’m sure anyone who appreciates the qualities of the building, the design, materials and history will love being here too,” she said.

The original building on Stanley Street was erected in 1881 by entrepreneurial brothers John and Donald McAulay.

The Clarence Brewery changed hands several times during its working life and sadly it thrived only for a short time, as is reported in the Clarence Richmond Examiner in October 1885:

‘Competent judges now speak favourably of the beer and the proprietors can dispose of more than they can make and is freely bought up by hotelkeepers of the Clarence and Richmond besides quantities forwarded to Sydney ... Attention has also been turned to bottled ale and porter equal to the best English stout. Sugar in large crystals is used and cannot be obtained locally, somewhat remarkable in a sugar producing district ... The present proprietors deserve credit for their perseverance.’

In 1887 the original timber structure was gradually removed.

Locally quarried sandstone was used as the primary building material for the structure that still stands today.

Finally, after years of struggle and many owners, brewing operations ceased in 1902.

Records indicate that by1915 The Brewery had been converted into a dual residence. For several decades the building was a private residence and even a boarding house, but it fell into poor condition.

Finally, Robert and Jennifer Nursey discovered the building and undertook comprehensive restoration work, from the foundations to the roof.

Restorations were completed several years later in late 1977 and soon after it was registered with the National Heritage Trust.

It changed hands again in 1981 and 2006.

The central arched entry is still a strong feature and a solid reminder of the building’s original purpose, providing access for horse and cart to transport barrels and casks to the stables at the rear, while some of the other unique features of the building include original timber floors, large covered verandahs and cast-iron lacework.

There are eight cellars below.

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