The Mansion And The Rose Garden

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Woodlands replete with little angels

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Thirty minutes west of  Melbourne’s CBD is a paradise with a lake set in expansive lawns, a beautiful rose garden whose scents engulf you long before you see it, and an Italianate mansion built in 1877.  Now known as The Werribee Mansion, it was actually named ‘Wyndham’ by the man who built it.

Melbourne, why have you kept this paradise such a secret?

There are some of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen dotted about the park. Children delight in the spacous manicured lawns, the Sculpture Walk and the ‘climbing’ trees. My family and I spent a day there this summer with many other families enjoying the same things we were.  We will certainly be returning to this paradise.  We first knew about Victoria’s most elaborate private residence when it appeared in an episode of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

The Werribee Mansion has also been used in the making of other movies.

One of the most intriguing bits of history associated with this property, for me, is that between 1923 and 1973 it was owned by the Catholic Church who developed it as a seminary,  Corpus Christi College, for the training of priests and brothers,

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Entrance to the vast rose garden

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Trees with colour that will astound you

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A favourite climbing tree

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Even giant Meccano creations to play on along the Sculpture Walk

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We watched a beautiful wedding taking place amidst the heady perfume of colourful petunias

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The Romanesque rear of the mansion

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A clever heliograph situated in the large preserved laundry building shows May the maid going about her daily washing chores in bygone days

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The beginning of the Sculpture Walk

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Take a walk down to the Werribee River and theoriginal orchard currently being restored by volunteers

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The Stables and the Luncheon Party (far right)

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Goodbye for now Werribee Park, but we’ll be back with more family and visitors to Melbourne

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For more about the amazing history behind Werribee Mansion visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werribee_Park

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4 comments
    • frandi said:

      Wonderland for adults and children, Rita x x

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  1. Christine Lennon said:

    Looking forward to visiting this beautiful place on one of my visits.

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    • frandi said:

      We will definitely take you there Chris – it’s truly a paradise, wish we’d known about it sooner

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