DYSART explorer John McDouall Stuart’s former house is being re-opened today (Thursday) after undergoing a restoration project.
The house, where he was born in 1815, on Rectory Lane has been turned into a holiday apartment by Fife Historic Buildings Trust, having previously been a museum.
To celebrate, the Trust has tracked down McDouall Stuart’s great, great, great, grand-niece Kaye Bachelard to stay there on its opening night.
Christine May, chairman of Fife Historic Buildings Trust said: “It was a source of great sadness to the Trust and many people who appreciate what John McDouall Stuart achieved in opening up the Australian sub-continent, that the museum had been closed since 2009.
“So it’s been a real honour to have been involved with bringing this important historical building back into use and to provide a legacy to McDouall Stuart.”
It’s hoped the apartment, which has had £50,000 spent on it, will attract visitors walking the Coastal Path as well as Australians who would like to share his heritage.
McDouall Stuart emigrated ‘Down Under’ in 1938 and went on to lead the first expedition to cross the country from south to north in 1862.
He is such a celebrated figure there he has a 950-mile highway named after him, as well as many other streets and landmarks.