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La Trobe's Cottage

Architect: Unknown

City of Melbourne | C59

This National Trust of Australia (Victoria) property was originally constructed at Lieutenant-Governor La Trobe’s Jolimont estate, the 1839-built dining room adjoins the largely reconstructed two-room prefabricated cottage. La Trobe’s Cottage is of architectural significance as an example, although largely a reconstruction, of an early prefabricated house designed by Manning of London. As such, it is indicative of the rudimentary nature of housing provisions in the new colony. The kitchen and servants’ block provides an insight into domestic life in the 1840s and the present complex of buildings contains some of La Trobe’s furniture and personal effects. The garden and wooded surroundings are similar to the original setting of the cottage. While prefabricated houses were imported into Australia in large numbers in the middle of the 19th century, this is a particularly early example, and one of the few still surviving. The locally built dining room is the oldest identified example of stud-frame construction in the world and is Melbourne’s oldest building. La Trobe's Cottage is of historical significance as a symbol of Melbourne's early settlement, and because of its association with Charles La Trobe and, through him, with the beginnings of Victoria's political infrastructure and social development. The rudimentary, prefabricated nature of the original building has been well reproduced and provides an idea of the living conditions of the early settlers in Melbourne. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 12pm-3pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building including main house, kitchen block and garden

  • Special Note: No food or drink allowed inside house.

  • Tour Details: Tours every 15 minutes, running for 20 minutes, in groups of 10

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Access: Able bodied access only

  • Year Built: 1839

  • Transport: Tram stop 20: Park Street on route 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72 Tram stop 119: Wells/Park Street on route 58 Bus route 605 on Birdwood Ave

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

Location

Corner of Birdwood Avenue & Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain Melbourne 3004 VIC, VIC

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