Site Details
Old Owen Springs Homestead and Yards
The site includes features relating to the European and Aboriginal occupation of the area. It is therefore relevant to describe the wider archaeological and historical setting prior to providing more specific details pertaining to the site. Such contextual information facilitates greater understanding of the role of Owen Springs in the development and growth of Central Australia, and specifically the pastoral industry.
The site is associated with the very early establishment and development of the pastoral industry in Central Australia, being one of the first stations to be stocked. The old homestead and yards are also associated with well-known individuals and families in Central Australia such as the Hayes' family. It is also the first station owned by Sidney Kidman. The area around the site also has some significance as part of the original OTL route. The site has substantial archaeological potential to shed light on various issues including the nature of contact between Europeans and Aborigines. The site also has substantial archaeological potential to shed light on aspects of early European pioneering life relating to subsistence etc, information that is rarely available in written sources.
s24 notification process instigated
Macdonnell Shire
Owen Springs Station (NT Portion 1406, PPL968) is located immediately west and south of Alice Springs. The old Homestead is situated on the northern bank of the Hugh River at the entrance to Lawrence Gorge on the northern side of the Waterhouse Ranges. Two sets of yards are located to the north of the homestead.
NameDescriptionDate Added
ViewIMGP1063.JPGHomestead ruins 06/DEC/13
ViewIMGP1083.JPGOwen Springs Homestead ruins06/DEC/13
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NameDescriptionDate Added
ViewInstrument.pdf - 11/FEB/09
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Further Information
NameDescriptionDate Added
ViewOwen Springs homestead & yards.pdfOwen Springs Background Historical Information05/SEP/11
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Approximate Location
LAIS KeyStreet NumberStreet NameSuburbLocation CodeLot NumberLTO PlanPartTenure
000 01406 4941LARAPINTAHUGH0001406 - - PPL
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Status Explanations

Nomination Period - a nomination has been accepted by Heritage Branch, but has not yet been accepted by the Heritage Council; OR a nomination has been accepted by the Heritage Council but the place/object has not yet been subject to a heritage assessment.

Assessment Period - a nomination has been accepted by the Heritage Council and the place/object is in the process of being assessed.

Consultation Period - Heritage assessment has been completed and s24 of the Act has been instigated, ie comment has been sought on a proposal to declare the place/object.

Recommendation Period - the Heritage Council has made a recommendation to declare the place/object and the Minister's final decision is awaited.

Not Recommended - a decision has been made by the Heritage Council not to recommend to the Minister that a place/object be declared

Declared - the Minister has made a decision to declare the place/object

Refused - the Minister has refused to declare the place/object