... there were more pressing priorities before Colin, with his "knowledge of tools", was given the task of drawing up plans for a permanent homestead. Even though constructed of adzed ironbark slabs, it was the "gentleman's residence" they had dreamed of for all the years the older brothers had lived in a series of bark-roofed huts. Overlooking the mere and with wide verandahs at front and side, its central large sitting room with open fireplace remains virtually unchanged.

Quoted from Lorna McDonald, Magic ships: life story of Colin Archer (Rockhampton: Central Queensland University Press, 1997) p. 15.