What is significant?
Wintoc, a substantial American style bungalow, was built some 3.0kms west of Glenthompson in the 1930s for Donald Forbes. Arthur Thacker of Bilpah Hills and his wife Louisa had previously farmed the land. Forbes, the son of the manager of the squatting run, Cherry Mount, purchased Wintoc from Thacker in 1919. The house was built some time in the 1930s. The later partnership between Forbes and the master builder, Reg Williams, suggests that Williams may have built the house and possibly designed it. It is a conservative mixture of American fashions current at the time. The house retains an excellent degree of integrity and is in excellent condition. Forbes and Williams bought the Glenthompson brickworks in 1947, made immediate improvements and then floated the company. Forbes became managing director and the company flourished with the boom in construction after the Second World War. His son John James Forbes carried on farming at Wintoc, latterly in partnership with his own son, William James, until the sale of the property in 1996 to the Allen family, who reside and farm there today.
How is it significant?
Wintoc is of historical and architectural significance to the community of Glenthompson and to the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
Wintoc is of historical significance for its long associations with several important local families, including the Thacker and Forbes families, and architectural significance as one of the few examples of the Spanish Mission style in the study area and for the quality of its workmanship and interiors.