Yule House open to the public this Saturday

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MEMBERS of the sixth genera› tion of the couple who first occupied Invercargill’s Yule House are expected at an open day on Saturday.
The house, at 11 Ness St, is the city’s oldest surviving wooden house. It was built in 1866 for draper Robert Yule and his wife Sarah (nee Rout), who raised their family of six children there.
In 2002, by that time almost derelict, the house was bought by the Troopers Memorial Corner Charitable Trust which spent $580,000 over the next four years restoring it to as close to original as possible.
It is leased by the Southern Institute of Technology as a home for visiting lecturers but the trust usually holds an open day each January when lecturers are not in residence.
This year’s open day is on Saturday, from 1›4pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Members of the trust would be on hand to lead conducted tours, trustee Maureen Fox said.
Also expected were Mike Yule, of London, a great› grandson of Robert Yule, with his wife Pippa, and their son Robin, from Australia, with two of Robin’s daughters, she said.
Mike Yule found out about the house from a Canadian relative in 2002 and has visited several times since 2010.
The family held a reunion in Invercargill last year to mark the 150th anniversary of Scotsman Robert Yule’s arrival in the city.
Mrs Fox said this would be the first time Robin’s daughters had visited Yule House and the trust was looking forward to introduc› ing new members of the family to their ancestral home.

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