Carpenter Kate restores local heritage

Carpenter-musician Kate Jukes at one of the two historic miners cottages that she restored at Clydesdale near Newstead. The project will feature on ABC TV's Restoration Australia next month - when Kate Jukes & The Blue Healers launch their debut album. Photo: Eve Lamb

Kate Jukes might fairly be called “a Jill of all trades.”
The local carpenter has recently finished personally restoring two original 1850s miners cottage using traditional wattle and daub methods.
The unique renovation of the two cottages at Clydesdale, just out of Newstead, is set to feature on ABC TV’s Restoration Australia on Sunday November 1.
But besides being a professional carpenter who’s pretty handy at tiling, plastering and stonemasonry, Kate is also a talented musician and, as part of the trio Kate Jukes & The Blue Healers, is getting set to launch a debut album – Heart One.
Heart One is an alt-country record exploring love, loss and heartache through Kate’s raw and unfiltered approach to lyric-writing.
Raised at Ruffy near Euroa, she’s spent many years working as a carpenter and also as a site supervisor for a high-end kitchen and bathroom company in metro Melbourne.
But about five years ago she happened to discover a unique country property at Clydesdale, with two tumble-down original miners cottages, and right away carpenter Kate knew her fate was sealed.
“I just love old properties and I just knew I wanted to save them,” says Kate who, consequently, now calls Clydesdale home after shifting to the property that she bought complete with derelict historic cottages… Read more in the Castlemaine Mail 16.10.20 ~

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.