The rebuilding of Marble Hill is a labour of love for local landowners, Ed & Patricia Michell. Patricia grew up nearby in the valley of Basket Range, a fifth generation member of the Bishop family, who have grown apples and cherries in the district since 1873. Ed’s family were in wool, G.H. Michell & Sons, who expanded their family enterprise from the small rural town of Undalya on the Wakefield River.
Ed & Patricia have had a lifelong interest in restoring and preserving heritage properties. As much as possible they are using local materials and local tradesmen, just as the architect William McMinn would have done over 130 years ago.
Marble Hill is one of several properties in the district owned by the Michell family. Manager of the Marble Hill Properties is Greg Cramond, horticulturalist and Churchill Scholar, who also grew up at Basket Range, worked overseas and returned home to the hills for the lifestyle.
The volunteers who help out at Open Days are also locals – members of the East Torrens Historical Society (www.eths.ws) take tours and man the museum, and Adelaide Hills wine marketing guru Sarah Carlson is event manager for the annual Picnic at Marble Hill.