Werribee Mansion

Werribee Mansion is located about an hour and a half South-West from Melbourne’s CBD (if you’re travelling from Southern Cross Station by public transport) and about 9 and a half hours from Sydney (if you’re travelling by car)

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With its Italianate architecture and well-maintained parkland and rose garden, Werribee Mansion seems like a picturesque postcard situated in the midst of “nowhere-town” and “where-the-hell-am-I-city”. But nevertheless, it’s worth the travel!

 

 

Werribee Mansion is a well-kept secret in my opinion. I only happened to stumble upon this place when I basically did a search of “things to do in Melbourne” and there it popped up, Werribee Mansion and Parkland. Otherwise, this hidden gem would have gone unnoticed and ‘unexperienced’ or ‘unexplored’.

A little bit of History

Built in 1874 until 1877, Werribee Mansion was the homestead and Farm workforce of the Chirnside brothers who had migrated from Scotland some years earlier. Tragedy stuck when one of the Chirnside brothers committed suicide in 1887 leaving the estate and possessions to the other brother (who then died three years later – leaving behind a wife and sons).

In the early 1920’s, Werribee Mansion was converted into a Catholic Seminary, Corpus Christi College. This lasted until the 1970’s. And since then the Mansion has been placed under the care of the Victorian Council and Parks Victoria.

 

Why Visit Werribee Mansion

You may ask yourself why you should go and visit Werribee Mansion. And my question to you would be ‘Why wouldn’t you?’. Australia (apart from its magical and awesome aboriginal history – which we are now all learning about) hasn’t really got much of a western historical influence. The reason why you should visit Werribee Mansion is to bare witness and step in the lifestyle of the 19th century Australian.

Australia (apart from its magical and awesome aboriginal history – which we are now all learning about) hasn’t really got much of a western historical influence. The reason why you should visit Werribee Mansion is to bare witness and step in the lifestyle of the 19th century Australian.

Australia (apart from its magical and awesome aboriginal history – which we are now all learning about) hasn’t really got much evidence of western historical influence still standing in its own originality. The reason why you should visit Werribee Mansion is to bare witness and step into the lifestyle of the 19th century Australian.

What to see 

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t stay too long at Werribee Mansion due to the change in weather conditions (I got myself caught in a freaked thunderstorm and downpour. Looking back at it now, I should have stayed put) But I did end up taking a tour of the Mansion.

But I did manage to do a Mansion tour. Where I got to see inside and experience the 19th Century lifestyle. The self-guided tour took around an hour to explore the study (library), Kitchen, Gallery, Upstairs Rooms and much more like the Chirnside family’s items, including clothing, furniture which still remain on display.

Entry Times and Admission Fees 

 

admission
information from http://www.werribeepark.com.au

 

 

So why should you visit Werribee Mansion … Well, because it’s simply beautiful and picturesque. A perfect place to explore and experience the 19th century lifestyle.

External Links and further information:

Werribee Park Website

Werribee Park Wikipedia

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