Weekend Wanderings – Werribee Mansion Part 1
This last week I had an opportunity to go to the Werribee Mansion. I went with a client, it was her last One on One Photography lesson with me and the outing was her choice. I haven’t been to Werribee Mansion for many years, probably over 20, actually I think I went there when I first started doing photography, I might have negs of the outside. The Mansion is part of Werribee Park, and the Werribee Zoo is the same precinct. You go past the zoo to get to the mansion.
As you walk up to the house, you walk through some beautiful landscaped gardens. The house entry is through the main gates with the gate house. It is nice seeing this kind of thing here in Australia. We don’t have a lot of homes that have this kind of grandeur.
This is from the Park Victoria website, “Werribee Mansion was completed by wealthy pastoralists, the Chirnside family in 1877. Built in the Italianate architecture style, Werribee Mansion boasts 60 rooms in several wings. Following extensive restoration, many of the Chirnside family’s items, including clothing, furniture remain on display.”
The building in the first image is actually the hotel that was built beside the original mansion. The image above is the mansion as it is today. Beautiful sandstone house. No expense was spared here, though surprising, it wasn’t as large inside as you would expect, but I have those photos for you tomorrow.
Wonderful balcony off the first floor that you can stroll around on. It was really large.
When you head out the back there is a sculpture garden with some interesting sculptures. I think I found my accommodation for my next trip, you will know what I mean when you look through the gallery images.
When you head out the back there is an assortment of out buildings, like the stables, the smithies hut, and the old mens hut has been restored.
I love this, the “Ha Ha Wall”, which was basically a ditch with a wall on the other side, you can see the wall behind the sign. The idea is animals would graze and then go down the ditch and realise they couldn’t go any further. It was a way to keep animals in paddocks, but not have the view obstructed by fences, so it really was ha ha to the animals.
I am going to put the images into a gallery for you now. Tomorrow I will show you the photos I got from inside the Mansion.