Attacks baffle heritage workers
By BREE PRICE
ALSTONVILLE'S Crawford House has been vandalised for the third time in as many months, leaving Jane Gardiner on the verge of losing hope.
Mrs Gardiner is the president of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society, the group that has injected nearly $30,000 into the building's restoration over the last two years.
She said the latest attack, in which two windows were smashed and 33 newels, the decorative pillars under the handrailing, were destroyed, had left her wondering why the group even bothered.
Two mowers have previously been stolen and several other newels destroyed.
"It's heartbreaking and it really makes people not want to try. People think why should we bother," Mrs Gardiner said.
"To the members of the society who helped restore Crawford House to open it to the public, it feels like their own house.
"It's like the private invasion of your own house ? to us it's personal.
"I can't understand why people come and damage something for no other purpose than to damage it."
Mrs Gardiner said the society would now have to foot the repair bill that could run into hundreds of dollars.
"Money to be spent on research facilities, maintenance and the ultimate plan to reinstate the old stables, the money we've saved, is now going into repairing the broken windows and newels," she said.
"It's all really disturbing."