The Satimer Homestead Complex is located approximately 100 metres north of the Satimer-Wando Vale Road, overlooking the Wando River. The original homestead has been demolished, although there may be archaeological potential below the surface. A rectangular planting of English Elm (Ulmus procera) and several fruit trees survive on the site, indicating where the homestead was located. This site is now considered to be a Heritage Inventory Site. The new homestead was built in 1910, and is a substantial single storey brick villa, in a loosely Italianate style. Although it has had many additions and alterations, it is in good condition. The Satimer run was taken up by Thomas Wentworth Watson in 1842, and has relatively few owners since that time. Major Alexander Davidson and Duncan Robertson retained the property in partnership until 1860, when Robertson sold his share to Davidson, who continued to own the property alone until 1873. Satimer was purchased by pastoralist and banker, Edmund MacKenzie Young in 1874. Young first leased and then sold the property to William Moodie, who ran Satimer with his adjoining Wando Dale for some years. Financial hardship forced the property to be subdivided in the late nineteenth century, and the Spiers family purchased it in the early nineteenth century. The property remains in the ownership of this family.
How is it significant?
The Satimer Homestead complex is of historical and archaeological significance to the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
The Satimer Homestead complex is of historical significance for early date of settlement, its associations with important early pastoralists, including Alexander Davidson, Duncan Robertson and William Moodie. Duncan Robertson and William Moodie were two of the largest landholders in the area in the nineteenth century. The complex if of further historical significance as it demonstrates the typical sequence of development in large pastoral holdings, where a small simple first homestead is superseded by the development of a more substantial homestead, located in a more prominent position.