Moffitt family secures final portion of historic Kameruka Estate at Candelo

The rich history of Kameruka Estate is being kept alive with news it has been purchased by dairy farming neighbours the Moffitts.

Milking the herd on the Kameruka Estate, circa 1908

Milking the herd on the Kameruka Estate, circa 1908

The historic estate has been sold on only twice since being established in the 1850s by Robert Tooth.

The first was in 2007 when it was purchased by British shipping and farming magnate Giles Pritchard-Gordon from Frank Foster, great grandson of Sir Lucas-Tooth.

Mr Pritchard-Gordon died in 2011 and his family put the estate back on the market in 2014-15 to be sold as three lots.

Candelo’s Barry Moffitt said he bought the land portions of the estate at that time.

Now, with news of the 645-hectare main lot purchase, he “and the bank” own the entire 1400 hectares.

The “good bits” Mr Moffitt purchased this month for $5.5 million include the original circa-1845 Kameruka homestead and English-style gardens, the village square and surrounding cottages, and Lord’s View cricket oval.

He said it couldn’t be going into better hands.

Barry Moffitt (right) dresses in period costume for the Kameruka Hall centenary celebrations in 2015.

Barry Moffitt (right) dresses in period costume for the Kameruka Hall centenary celebrations in 2015.

“I was born next door to the place, I worked here after leaving ag college, my mother worked here, my father worked here, my wife worked here,” Mr Moffitt said.

“It’s a beautiful place. The best times in my life have been spent here,” he said.

“It’s the best place in the world to work … even though it’s farming,” he added with a wry chuckle.

Mr Moffitt said he was continuing the work begun by the previous owner in renovating and restoring the old homes on the estate with the intention to rent them out.

There are 4000 sheep and 500 head of beef cattle to run.

The Moffitts also own the 101-hectare Oaklands dairy and cropping farm in Pambula, as well as the Oaklands event centre and nursery.

“I wanted to be slowing down as I got older, but it’s all going faster,” Mr Moffitt said.

The original Kameruka grazing land stretched 162,000 hectares and dates back to 1834.

It was established by the Imlay brothers from Eden.

Kameruka homestead. Picture by Meares and Associates real estate

Kameruka homestead. Picture by Meares and Associates real estate

The 6000ha estate known for the Kameruka Cheese brand was established in 1857 by Robert Tooth, and was handed down through the Tooth brewing family line.

His nephew Sir Robert Lucas-Tooth built the estate up and it was under his stewardship the Holy Trinity church was built, and later the famous clock tower. 

It’s a beautiful place. The best times in my life have been spent here.

Barry Moffitt, 'Kameruka'