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Woodlands Historic Homestead

Further Afield | F02

Construction of Woodlands Historic Homestead commenced on site in 1842. Carpenters erected temporary buildings for the household staff while the homestead was being established.The family moved to Woodlands on 9 June 1843, and although the house was not finished, it was quite liveable. The climate was much cooler than expected, so the house was lined with bricks under the weather boards and a fireplace was installed. Rolf Boldrewood (author of Robbery Under Arms) often visited Woodlands during the 1840s. He described it as, the country house par excellence of the period. Neither a farm nor yet a large estate, it was something between the two, while the household and the menage generally were much more in accordance with the habtitudes of the English country-house than often obtains in Australia. The homestead underwent a California bungalow facelift in the 1920s when owned by Ben Chaffey. The homestead and associated outbuildings still retain many of the original features from this time. They also include original features from the middle of the 19th century along with the associated heritage gardens.

Need to Know

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

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: F02

  • Tour Details: Tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, running for 40 minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Special Programming: Art activity for children hosted by Living Legends’ staff

  • Year Built: 1842

  • Transport: No public transport available.


Woodlands Drive, Greenvale 3059, VIC


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