All of the fabric of the local basalt building at 413 Brownes Lane, Axedale, including the chimney is significant. The adjacent house and other outbuildings are not significant.
How is it significant?
The local basalt building at 413 Brownes Lane, Axedale is of local historic significance to the City of Greater Bendigo.
Why is it significant?
The local basalt outbuilding at 413 Brownes Lane, Axedale may be an early cottage. Although the date of construction is not known it was probably constructed prior to 1899. It is likely that it was built as a hut prior to later construction of a homestead. The stone building is also historically significant for its long association with the Hefferman family. The Heffernans owned the property for almost 50 years, from 1899-1946. John Heffernan was also notable for running the Shamrock Hotel in Bendigo and for his ownership of several parcels of land in the region, including "Marydale", which was part of the original Axedale Station. Criterion A
The extensive dry stone walls in adjacent paddocks are historically important as examples of skills and the use of local materials in construction. Criterion D
413 Brownes Lane known as Wipplegong is one of several early properties on the south side of the McIvor Highway at Axedale. The country is less favourable on the basalt plateau before the Campaspe River valley alters the landscape. This small stone outbuilding is likely to date from early settlement of the property, possibly even predating O'Neil's ownership. It is likely that it was built as a hut prior to later construction of a homestead. The presence of the chimney indicates that it probably had residential use. The property also contains extensive examples of dry stone walls in adjacent paddocks.