Buses for Oaks Estate!
The ACT Govt has just announced three new loop services to Queanbeyan starting on Monday 25 July 2016. OEPA welcomes the new services, won after much lobbying and hard work from committee members and Bob our local Action bus driver. Thanks Bob!
Our work with TAMS on a direct to ACT school bus service is also going well, and we hope we can have this in place by next year.
In 2000, Oaks Estate was nominated by the ACT National Trust for the whole precinct to be given heritage protection. You can read the nomination citation here.
The ACT Heritage Council has decided that Oaks Estate does not deserve heritage protection, despite three independent expert studies recommending strong protections to be put in place.
Apr 24, 2017 - After more than 16 years in a backlog of listings, the ACT Heritage Council this month rejected the nomination for Oaks Estate to become a ...
Oct 2, 2017 - The ACT government has revealed why the ACT Heritage Council ruminated for 16 years about placing Oaks Estate on the heritage register.
Apr 24, 2017 - While heritage, like beauty, is often in the eye of the beholder it can be argued Oaks Estate, one of the oldest and most idiosyncratic villages in ...
Jun 9, 2015 - As the ACT Heritage Council debates whether to protect Oaks Estate, residents fear heritage is being watered down in the 180-year-old village ...
There have been three heritage studies of Oaks Estate, all of which recommend that the entire village should be placed on the ACT Heritage Register, that general protection should be given to abut 20 sites/houses as being of intrinsic value to the overall heritage of the village, and a few sites should be given full registration in their own right.
- Oaks Estate: Three Cornerstones, ACT National Trust article, May 2012
- The Robertson's House, ACT National Trust article
- Oaks Estate, No Man's Land, book by Karen Williams. Copies avail from library and to buy from author 6299 2409
- Robertson House photo's before restoration and after restoration
- Pictorial history Canberra - book by Mary Machen
- Historic Cemeteries in the ACT: Article by Anne Claoue-Long on Oaks Estate burial grounds
- Henry "Bruiser" Robertson:, brief bio
- Construction workers' settlement
- Remnant of Canberra's early colonial history - according to Dave Reid (Amateur Historian).
- Bus shelter photos
- Black and white photos: use Trove to search the National Library archives
- Archaeology of Aboriginal sites
Photo on right is of a doorway at The Oaks, a heritage-listed property built by the Campbell family in about 1836.
The house and grounds are private property and are not open to inspection.