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Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat

· Warooka, South Australia
4 acres
1 site
1 Caravan
A brief history of Ballara... Ballara is the 100-year-old family home built for William and Emilia (Millie) Baker & their five children. Built in 1910, it is understood Millie would not come to Warooka until the house was finished and furnished! Wise woman! William Baker came to Warooka as a young boy in 1884 with his mother, sister and 2 brothers, after the sudden death of his father. In the early 1900s, Will and his brother Alf became storekeepers, trading as Baker Bros. and running 2 stores in Warooka. Will, Alf and younger brother, Tom, also went on to become farmers. William met Millie when she came from Ballarat to visit her sister who lived at Warooka. Millie named her new home 'Ballara' in memory of her home town. A feature of the house is its ornate ceilings, and story has it that visitors came from afar especially to view them. William ran a wheat agency from an office on the front verandah and was also a contact for World War 1 recruitment. In 1927, William sadly died at only 50 years of age, leaving Millie on her own with their 5 children Doreen, Dulcie, William jr. (Bill), Ron, and Betsy. Millie died in 1965 and Ron continued living at Ballara until his death in 1988. Having never married and with no children of his own, Ron left the house and contents to his 10 nieces and nephews. After the family furniture was divided, Bill bought the house and placed it in the names of his three daughters. Carli and Penny were both able to enjoy some time living in the family home. Ballara still remains in the Baker family and is currently being cared for by Bill’s youngest daughter, Steph.
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Warooka, South Australia, AustraliaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Steph B.Joined in April 2021
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 5 hours
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Kirsty J.recommends
December 6, 2021
Ballara Retreat Camp
Absolutely lovely stay here - Steph was super welcoming and had great insights on where to visit. The area was beautiful and the stars were amazing. The site was quiet and had all the amenities that make life easier while camping - only wish I could have stayed longer.
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