What is significant?
The bluestone cottage and adjacent Elm Tree (Ulmus procera) on the land of the modern 'Murdam Lodge is located on the north side of the Hamilton Highway, approximately 3.0kms north-west of the township of Penshurst. The cottage is a simple vernacular form, with four rooms. The central passage is unusual as it is parallel to the main road. The mature Elm is located immediately adjacent to the cottage, and is thought to date from the same time as the cottage was constructed. There has been no architect or builder associated with the design. The structure is abandoned and in ruinous condition, but retains a high degree of integrity. The Elm is in good condition.
How is it significant?
The cottage and adjacent tree at Murdam Lodge are of historical significance to the township of Penshurst and the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
Murdam Lodge is of historical significance for its association with the Hammond family, long time residents of Penshurst, and for its continual ownership in this family for over 120 years. It is of further historical significance as a representative example of a small vernacular bluestone cottage which demonstrates a previous way of life, and use of local materials to construct homes.