We undertake  maintenance on retired fisherman Clyde Clayton’s old cottage at Clayton’s Corner, Bathurst Harbour, deep in the Southwest National Park. The cottage is open for daytime visitors and accessed by water from the jetty at Clayton’s Corner. Many tourists are conducted to the cottage by boat from Melaleuca.

Where we work

We work at Clyde Clayton’s old cottage at Clayton’s Corner, Bathurst Harbour, deep in the Southwest National Park

What we do

In April 2005, for the fourth successive year, the Friends of Clayton’s House CARes Group sailed in the “Martrudan” from Hobart to Port Davey for two weeks to undertake annual maintenance on retired fisherman Clyde Clayton’s old cottage at Clayton’s Corner, Bathurst Harbour.  The cottage is open for daytime visitors and accessed by water from the jetty at Clayton’s Corner.  Tourists are conducted to the cottage by boat from Melaleuca.

The fishing vessel “Martrudan” was again made available through the kindness of Mark O’May and the work was undertaken thanks to the leadership and assistance of PWS ranger, Albert Thompson.

On previous visits the Group’s work included roofing the cottage, stabilising foundations, and transportation and installing a 5,000-gallon water tank.  This year’s work mainly focussed on renewal of internal plywood lining of the cottage ceilings and walls.  Other work included extensive gardening, gutter cleaning and realignment, bargeboard flashing protection, external wash-down, windowsill repairs, painting and staining.  The trip was partly funded through a grant from WILDCARE Inc.

The Group’s restoration work is aimed at developing the fisherman’s cottage into an historic heritage information centre for day use only visitors.

Our Contacts

Secretary – Geoff Doolan  claytonshouse@wildcaretas.org.au  (03) 6239 1150