What is significant?
Brae Park is the second homestead on this property, the first being built for George Emmett a local lime burner. The present house, located at the front boundary of the property on the west side of the Henty Highway, was built in 1917 by its owner Simon Black for his bride, Violet Gough whose family was connected with the Traveller's Rest, Branxholme and Junction Hotels. The house takes the form of the Californian bungalow, which was just becoming popular at the time. It remains substantially intact and in good condition. It is complimented by a typical garden which dates from the same time, with subsequent additions and alterations. The property was important for breeding sheep and horse. It reflects the success of a large local family whose pioneering ancestor, John Black began life as a shepherd.
How is it significant?
Brae Park is of historical and architectural significance to the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
Brae Park is of historical significance for its associations with several generations of the locally important Black family which still has many connections with the Branxholme-Byaduk area. It is of architectural significance as an example of an early twentieth century farm house adopting the contemporary bungalow style and form.