History of Raglan

The Homestead

Aerial view of Raglan in 1965

The story of ‘Raglan’ began in April 1906 when the allocation of various blocks in the Bona Vista estate took place. The property allotted to Joe Keeble (Ethelwyn’s grandfather) was Crown Allotment 8 and 8a and these were named ‘Raglan’ in memory of his birthplace near Mt Cole in the Western District. The Keeble family have lived on this property from generation to generation ever since.

The current two storey homestead on the property was built over a two year period and the family moved into the house in 1935. Practically all the timber used in this building came from his Hallston Saw Mill and was stockpiled at ‘Raglan’ over a lengthy period. Timber for all the framework was cut from large messmate trees at Hallston and the weather boards from top quality mountain ash trees found in the Strzelecki Ranges. The gentleman who built the house, almost single handed, was a former cabinet maker in Melbourne.

The excellence of his workmanship is evident in the wall panelling in both the dining room with its fine red-pine doors and fittings and in the entrance hall with its fittings of figured mountain ash. The hall archway and the stairs have also been fashioned from this beautiful timber which was found by Ethelwyn’s grandfather in 1915 and salvaged from the stumps of mighty mountain ash trees felled by paling splitters in the Baw Baw Ranges north of Neerim.

Ethelwyn and her husband Robin Kent moved into ‘Raglan’ in 1973 and purchased the property from George and Esma Keeble (Ethelwyn’s parents). The home is still in beautiful condition having been lovingly cared for over the years.

The Cottage

The Cottage

The historic miner’s cottage, thought to have originated from Walhalla, was formally located at No. 12 Witton Street in Warragul before Ethelwyn and Robin Kent had it transported to their Raglan farming property at Bona Vista. With the cottage now at Raglan, next came the laborious task of transforming the cottage into the charming self-contained Bed & Breakfast that guests enjoy today.

Ethelwyn undertook all the interior renovations herself and was able to retain much of the original character of the cottage. The original floorboards, doors and door knobs have been preserved whilst the baltic pine ceilings have received a fresh coat of paint. The addition of a claw foot bath adds to the authenticity of the cottage.

“The renovations took me almost three years, but I’m thrilled with the results. I feel I’ve achieved my aim of offering guests a heritage experience with all the modern comforts of home” says Ethelwyn.


The History of Raglan
Grandfather Keeble- late 1920s
Raglan homestead in the 1940s
Aerial view of Raglan in 1965
Raglan Homestead in 1965