Miners’ cottages and Alpaca fleece


The evolution of the humble miners’ cottage is a fascinating story about the way families adapted to their needs through the construction of their homes before and during the last century.  The simple, attractive architectural style that is more familiar and more defined than any other throughout rural Australia was not designed but one that evolved and is still evolving today. This extremely interesting story was published in Gippsland Country Life magazine.


There would be many in Australia, the land that once lived off the sheep’s back, who would find it difficult to relate to animals that produce a fleece equal if not superior in many ways to our Merino sheep. However, it’s hard to ignore the alpaca particularly after meeting Angela Betheras who breeds alpacas, and seeing their soft, lustrous fleeces with superb yarn and garments produced from it in her farm gate shop. The story of Angela and her magnificent fleeces, yarn and garments in soft alpaca and silk, alpaca and cotton and pure alpaca has been published in Town and Country Farmer magazine.