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Box Cottage Museum

Further Afield | F03

The original pioneer cottage was built c. 1850s by an unknown pioneer, on a market garden allotment that was part of Henry Dendy’s Special Survey 1841. The original doors, window sashes (made of ‘red deal’ joinery timber), the brass locks, and fittings were imported from England. The handmade fireplace bricks are sun-dried – not kiln fired – and convict marks can be seen on two of the bricks. There is a small display of the original handmade iron nails and external cladding shingles which were hand-split, and probably made from local timber. The enamel nameplate “Colonial”, on the cottage wall was attached by Mr August Rietman who lived there 1917–1950. In 1970 Mr L. Lewis, a timber merchant, found the dilapidated building on the property he had purchased in Jasper Rd and suggested it be dismantled, relocated and reconstructed. The reconstruction in 1984, funded by Victoria’s 150th Committee and Moorabbin City Council, followed faithfully the original dimensions with Mr Lewis donating most of the timber. Box Cottage is named after the pioneers William and Elizabeth Box, who resided there 1865–1914. An eclectic collection of artefacts donated by local residents demonstrates many aspects of pioneering life in Victoria.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: Wheelchair and Pram access to the Grounds and Barn and Toilet only

  • Tour Type: F03

  • Tour Details: Tours at continuous, running for 20minutes, in groups of20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1850

  • Transport: 10 Minute walk from either McKinnon or Ormond Train Stations.Also Bus Route 630 to Corner Jasper and North Roads Car parking available in Leinster St. and Tyrone St


Joyce Park, Jasper Road, Ormond 3204, VIC


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