“I have learned on the job over the years. I mean, we’ve been farming for 40 years and the farming community is very warm and welcoming and they’re very happy to share their knowledge and I – as a female – I’m not averse to asking for advice. ”
Carol speaking to Judy via Zoom, February 2023
Carol Westmore has moved a long way in her career which began with lecturing in Pure Mathematics to running Patterdale a 4500 hectare farming enterprise in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands producing superfine merino wool.
The major interests of her life have all converged at Patterdale: farming, colonial and contemporary art and gardening. Carol restored her home, the unusual 1824 house Nile Farm at Deddington and established expansive gardens.
Her next project was the derelict Patterdale homestead that John Glover, the most important artist of early – Colonial Australia, built in 1832. After a 3-year restoration of the house and the recreation of Glover’s studio Carol furnished the house with a fine collection of colonial and contemporary Tasmanian landscape paintings. Carol then planted a garden in the spirit of the painting “A View of the Artist’s House and Garden, Mills Plains”.
Carol has two children and four grandchildren.