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Coriyule Homested, Drysdale, is one of the earliest and finest homesteads in Victoria. It was built in 1849 for pioneer squatting partners, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb. Drysdale, an unmarried Scottish gentlewoman migrated, aged 47, to Port Phillip in 1839. After taking up a squatting run at Boronggoop near Geelong, she formed a partnership with Caroline Newcomb, governess to the children of John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne. They bought the nearby Coriyule run in 1843, and…

Coriyule Homested, Drysdale, is one of the earliest and finest homesteads in Victoria. It was built in 1849 for pioneer squatting partners, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb. Drysdale, an unmarried Scottish gentlewoman migrated, aged 47, to Port Phillip in 1839. After taking up a squatting run at Boronggoop near Geelong, she formed a partnership with Caroline Newcomb, governess to the children of John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne. They bought the nearby Coriyule run in 1843, and…

Avalon Homestead, Lara, overlooks Corio Bay. It was built in 1880 by James Austin as a family home to replace an earlier building destroyed by fire. It is an important work of architect Alexander Davidson who designed many Western District homes. James and Thomas Austin had arrived in Victoria in 1835; James took up the Avalon property while Thomas settled at Barwon Park, Winchelsea, and the properties were run in partnership for a time. The Austins named this homestead "Avalon" in memory…

Avalon Homestead, Lara, overlooks Corio Bay. It was built in 1880 by James Austin as a family home to replace an earlier building destroyed by fire. It is an important work of architect Alexander Davidson who designed many Western District homes. James and Thomas Austin had arrived in Victoria in 1835; James took up the Avalon property while Thomas settled at Barwon Park, Winchelsea, and the properties were run in partnership for a time. The Austins named this homestead "Avalon" in memory…

Ingleby Homestead, Birregurra (130km SW of Melbourne), stands on land that was first settled by Thomas Armytage, one of the earliest pastoralists to follow settlers Batman and Fawkner into the Port Phillip District in 1836. After shipping stock across Bass Strait, Armytage discovered excellent pastoral land on the upper reaches of the Barwon River and took up a run there which he named Ingleby. He died of typhoid in 1842 and Ingleby passed into the hands of his brother George. George…

Ingleby Homestead, Birregurra (130km SW of Melbourne), stands on land that was first settled by Thomas Armytage, one of the earliest pastoralists to follow settlers Batman and Fawkner into the Port Phillip District in 1836. After shipping stock across Bass Strait, Armytage discovered excellent pastoral land on the upper reaches of the Barwon River and took up a run there which he named Ingleby. He died of typhoid in 1842 and Ingleby passed into the hands of his brother George. George…

Kildean Homestead, Birregurra (130km SW of Melbourne), is a set on a property of 680 acres that is dotted with magnificent River Red Gums and boasts six kilometres of Barwon River frontage. The land was originally part of pioneering pastoralist Thomas Arm

Kildean Homestead, Birregurra SW of Melbourne), is a set on a property of 680 acres that is dotted with magnificent River Red Gums and boasts six kilometres of Barwon River frontage. The land was originally part of pioneering pastoralist Thomas Arm

Junction Lodge, Carisbrook (Central Victoria, 163km NW of Melbourne), is a complex of homestead buildings constructed in locally quarried bluestone in 1873 for goldmining entrepreneur and pastoralist Henry Chalk. Parts of the homestead and outbuildings date back to 1853 as well as the nearby remnants of Chalk’s No. 1 gold mine that helped make him rich. Unfortunately, Chalk didn’t have long to enjoy his new home as he died the year after its construction, in 1874. The symmetrical…

Junction Lodge, Carisbrook (Central Victoria, 163km NW of Melbourne), is a complex of homestead buildings constructed in locally quarried bluestone in 1873 for goldmining entrepreneur and pastoralist Henry Chalk. Parts of the homestead and outbuildings date back to 1853 as well as the nearby remnants of Chalk’s No. 1 gold mine that helped make him rich. Unfortunately, Chalk didn’t have long to enjoy his new home as he died the year after its construction, in 1874. The symmetrical…

Horseshoe Vale Homestead, Yinnar South (Latrobe Valley, 137km SE of Melbourne), is a relatively intact example of a selection era homestead complex. The house was designed and constructed in 1907 by Mr E.A. Weeland for Mr G. Bond, who owned the property and bred horses for the Indian Army. The Bonds were an large and influential family in the district. The homestead, set on a rise above Middle Creek, is a late Victorian or Edwardian style symmetrical weatherboard farmhouse with a 'M' hipped…

Horseshoe Vale Homestead, Yinnar South (Latrobe Valley, 137km SE of Melbourne), is a relatively intact example of a selection era homestead complex. The house was designed and constructed in 1907 by Mr E.A. Weeland for Mr G. Bond, who owned the property and bred horses for the Indian Army. The Bonds were an large and influential family in the district. The homestead, set on a rise above Middle Creek, is a late Victorian or Edwardian style symmetrical weatherboard farmhouse with a 'M' hipped…

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Balnagowan, Colac, was built on the shores of Lake Colac in 1892 for grazier Alexander Fraser Ross, who named it after a Scottish castle of the Ross Clan. An impressive homestead with Queen Anne and Elizabethan elements, it served as a gentleman’s country residence. Mr Ross brought guests by train from Melbourne to his grand house for holidays and parties, particularly in the warmer weather. After a few ownership changes, Balnagowan became a private hospital from 1952-64 and then a reception…

Balnagowan, Colac, was built on the shores of Lake Colac in 1892 for grazier…

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