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Dunedin man Graeme Thomas' family property near the Lammerlaw Ranges included a musterer's hut, thought to be more than 100 years old, which was originally part of a house in Waipori Village. That hut was destroyed by the fire, which tore through 5000ha at the weekend.
Mr Thomas' 95-year-old father had been restoring the hut for two years.
''It was going to look really good, but unfortunately it's gone now,'' Graeme Thomas said. ''He's pretty upset.''
The house on the site, which was unoccupied, was unscathed, he said.
As well as being the scene of a lot of history, the site had ecological importance and he was also concerned about the effect of the fire on flora and fauna on the property, including jewelled geckos and native falcons.