Arra Warra Farm was first established by my great, great aunt in the 1800's around the KooWee Rup area in Victoria.
I inherited the name in 1974, when I was better known as Margaret Richter, after it was handed down through the generations. The various "Arra Warras" have been responsible for breeding a diversity of stock, from sheep to ostriches.
My own Arra Warra (the current one) is the last of my properties, being the third so named. This wonderful and unique property, settled beneath Razorback Mountain has been home to my many stud animals over the years, such as Australian Ponies, Australian Riding Ponies, Australian Stock Horses, Belted Galloways, alpacas, ostriches, black angus cattle, cape barren geese, a variety of sheep, goats and poultry, not to forget our magnificent German Shepherds.
Arra Warra Farm has been the inspiration for my novel "Letters from Lyndhurst" and provided me with endless stories over the past twenty years of cattle, kids, horses, ostrich breeding, worm farming and so much more. It has also inspired poems and verse with it’s beauty.
Of my horses, Arra Warra Anika is well known to the older generation of “showies” with Arra Warra Aquarius and Arra Warra Carina being foundation horses in the Australian Stock Horse Stud Book when it was founded here in Australia in the sixties and seventies. I have been so fortunate to have great horses in my life that have passed through my hands, such as Blue Denim Melba, Learme Banjo, Glenyarra Xavier, Weston Park Mahogany, Springwood Token and Dresden Grange Marquis, with Kirreway Karlos coming on and Blackwood Special Ocassion currently in the paddock.
My initial understanding of the name "Arra Warra”, was that it was the Aboriginal meaning for "final resting place". I have since learnt that it actually means "grave". Either way I'm happy. Although this Mount Hunter property is the third Arra Warra in our lives it is sure to be the last.
This website attempts to sum up more than 50 years of rural activities with health problems and remedies encountered along the way for both animal and human alike. Although now in my retirement I'm down to a couple of horses and a dog, the animals in my life have made it interesting and filled with love and adventure.
Browse for HEALTH TIPS, FARM NEWS, UNCLE PETER'S GARDENING TIPS, POETRY, THE LYNDHURST NOVEL, HORSE HEALTH HINTS, CHILDREN'S STORIES and so much more!
I’ve recently included a page on Antarctica, which is close to my heart, having a great interest in my Grandfather’s trip there with the famous Mawson expedition.
Another addition is the bird spotting page. With the wonderful garden’s now established, we continue to see a diversity of birds. I have set myself a challenge to spot and detail a new bird each week on the website page, hoping to make it to 52 species, one for every week of this year!
Margaret Withnall - (Margaret Tolnay) married to Peter Tolnay