The Springfield homestead has been part of our district landscape since 1874, and today is part the Shoalhaven Heritage LEP.
On the western side of the Princes Highway, about halfway between Ulladulla and Milton, is ‘Springfield’, an attractive ornate Victorian weatherboard 11-roomed house with elaborate iron lacework about the verandah.
Considered distinct in its architectural features it was built in the mid 1870s by Ephraim Mison who arrived in the Ulladulla district by 1873 after making good money from mining at Yalwal.
In 1874 he purchased 100 acres at Ulladulla on the main road between Milton and Ulladulla to farm. On this property he cut down a large tree, which he milled and above the stump built Springfield, which is one level at the front and two levels at the rear.
It has been said the architecture of the windows has a German influence and the wrought iron on the verandah was imported from England. The locals called it “Mison’s Folly”.
At the same time Ephraim established a sawmill in Burrill St, Ulladulla and starting up a dairy farm at Springfield.
Copyright © Picture of Springfield 1901 from Bruce W Mison, The Mison History and Family Tree England to the Colony of New South Wales. 1853 To Australia 2006, the author, 2006