La Trobe’s Cottage
Architect: 1839-40 Manning of London
City of Melbourne | C64
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 provide insight into domestic life in the 1840s and the present complex of buildings contain 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 will be open for self-guided viewing, with volunteers on hand throughout to answer questions.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 27 July 10am–4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided
Access: Limited mobility, all ages.
Notes: Photography restrictions
Building Type: Cultural
Architecture Era: Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)
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
Photo Credit: Courtesy of National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Anna Foley
Corner of Birdwood Avenue & Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain Melbourne 3004 VIC, Melbourne VIC