What is significant?
'Wilga', comprising the house originally constructed c.1885 (or earlier) and extended c.1940, associated timber outbuildings, mature garden and Cypress avenue and English Hawthorn hedge, at 40 King Road, Harkaway.
How is it significant?
'Wilga' is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Casey.
Why is it significant?
Historically, it is significant as a largely intact early farm complex that demonstrates the early dairying industry in this area. It is also significant for its early associations with the locally important John Fritzlaff, one of the earliest settlers in the Harkaway areas. (AHC criteria A4 and D2)
Aesthetically, it is significant as a interesting example of a house where the two stages of construction are clearly evident. It is particularly notable for its most picturesque setting within a fine garden at a end of a tree lined driveway and is complemented by a number of vernacular farm buildings and a well-maintained English Hawthorn hedge, which add a rustic air. (AHC criterion E1)