Contrary to much incorrect information on websites, Martindale Hall continues to be open to the public.
Sharon and Mick Morris, of Mintaro Maze, have taken a year’s tenure as caretakers of Martindale Hall with the first option to renew for another year.
Websites have declared the building closed but it’s definitely open and has had many visitors over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
It will be busy right up to Australia Day, Sharon expects.
The Hall is open every day from 11am to 4pm for self-guided tours with the aid of a history sheet. A $4 dis-count is available to visitors to both Maze and Hall.
Clare historian Val Tilbrook will on the door Mondays and Tuesdays. She’s happy to impart her valuable knowledge of the building.
Mintaro residents may visit the Hall free of charge on presentation of a driving licence showing the 5415 postcode.
There will be no more overnight accommodation and meals but the Morrises are making the Hall available for functions. There already is a wedding booked, but catering will be arranged independently.
With help from family and friends, Mick and Sharon have done an exhausting job cleaning and sprucing up the mansion.
“We’ve been very busy; we’re exhausted,” said Sharon. “Everything is polished and there are even fresh flowers.”
“A lot of furnishings are back in their original rooms after being stored in the smoking room,” Sharon said. “For au-thenticity we will find out what furnishings and items should be in each room. All rooms now also have a description of them.”
First Publish in the Mintaro Progress Association Newsletter by Justin Brady, January 2015
Photography by Tyson Morris