Macquarie River icon has pioneer links

Hot rural property: Macquarie River icon has pioneer links at Wellington


Prior to its current owners, “Mount Nanima”, had only had two ownership changes in its nearly two centuries of settled history.


For the second time in as many years, selling agent Peter Dwyer of Peter Milling and Company finds himself marketing the historic Wellington grazing property, “Mount Nanima”.

Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but the owners – Merino studbreeders Graham and Susan Coddington – earlier this year bought a larger property as part of the Cobbora Coal land sell-up at Dunedoo.

They have now located their Coddington Uardry stud to the new property, “Avymore”, leaving “Mount Nanima” (which they only bought in 2016) surplus to requirements.

Prior to the Coddingtons buying “Mount Nanima”, the property had only had two ownership changes in its nearly two centuries of settled history.

Now a holding of 457 hectares (1130ac), the property was originally part of the vast Nanima Run of colonial merchant and pastoralist Joseph Montefiori.

In 1849 it changed hands to Joseph Aarons, who held it for about 50 years before selling it in subdivision, at which point a 3200ha “Mount Nanima” section  was bought by local bank manager C.H. Barton.

The area was reduced by further subdivisions following Barton’s death in 1912, but the portion now for sale remained in the family until sold by his grandson, Michael Barton, in 1996.

It was then bought by Tim and Jeanine Woods until sold to the present owners in 2016.

Since taking over the property, the Coddingtons have extended the homestead as well as enlarging the shearing shed and the machinery shed, and topdressing with single super.

Situated fronting the Macquarie River just five kilometres from Wellington and 30 minutes from Dubbo, “Mount Nanima” is a highly productive mixed farm of gently undulating basalt country.

About 60 per cent of the property is arable and sown to a pasture mix of clovers, ryegrass and phalaris plus 70ha of newly-established lucerne and a 42ha brassica crop for summer grazing.

The property is carrying a good body of feed following recent rains and is modestly stocked with about 1600 sheep and 50 head of cattle.

It has a long history of running both sheep (Merino and crossbred) and cattle and is well suited to breeding and fattening, with supplementary cropping, or to a trading venture.

Average rainfall is about 620mm and the property is watered by tanks and troughs filled from the Macquarie River, a supplemented by a back-up bore.

A feature of “Mount Nanima” is its sprawling colonial-style homestead, built in 1928 for Michael Barton’s parents of bluestone-like concrete blocks made on the property.

Following the addition of an extra bedroom and two bathrooms by the present owners, the homestead now has five bedrooms.

It also has spacious family living areas, a modern kitchen and formal lounge/dining room.


Period touches include Jarrah floorboards, Wunderlich ceilings, French doors, open fireplaces and bay windows.

The home is flanked by wide verandahs and set in established gardens.

There is an automatic watering system, in-ground pool and views to the river.

Working improvements include a three-stand, raised-board shearing shed with steel sheep yards including covered races.

There is also steel cattle yards, machinery and hay sheds, workshop as well as silos.

“Mount Nanima” is for private sale, with a price tag of $3.2 million.

  • For more information contact agent Peter Dwyer, 0418 266 523 at Peter Milling and Co, Dubbo.

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