THE historic Rosebrook homestead at Wartook was one of the dozens of properties destroyed in the Grampians fires.
The homestead had been home to seven generations of the Carter family since 1858.
The family built the homestead on the banks of Mackenzie Creek, just downstream from the site of the old Wartook School and the old Wartook Post Office.
Charles Carter arrived in the Wimmera in 1842, six years after explorer Major Mitchell.
In 1845, Carter set off south towards the coast but became bogged at Brim Springs on the western edge of the Grampians.
The family built a cabin at Brim Springs and prospered, and by 1860 owned Moora Moora in the Victoria Valley, Rosebrook at what is now the Wartook Valley and Glenisla near the present Rocklands Reservoir.
The pictures from The Age show the homestead in its prime and as the Grampians fire took hold last week.