Architecture, Photography, Victoria, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Werribee Mansion Part 2

When you go to Werribee Mansion you have the option of going inside.  We decided that we would, since it only cost nine dollars it seemed like a good option.  The best thing about it was that we didn’t have to go on a tour, that we could just walk around on our own.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5328The inside just says opulence everywhere.  There is so much art work and the attention to detail is wonderful.  I love seeing this kind of detail in a building.  Not sure about the animal heads, but it is in keeping with the times. There was a Hippopotamus stool in the games room, apparently from a hunt in Africa.  I couldn’t photograph the games room, there were too many dead animals.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5352The house has been set up a lot so you can get a glimpse of what life was like back then.  I do love this teaset, I would really like that porcelain.


Everything was so over the top.  You could be mistaken for thinking it was an English country home, which is what they wanted people to think.  People had trouble letting go of Mother England.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5390I love the stairs, though was disappointed with the big window, it was quite plain, especially when you compared it with the rest of the house.

LeanneCole-werribee-20140415--5403The master bedroom, we couldn’t get over how small the bed was, especially when we think about the size of the beds we see now.

I am going to leave it there, and leave you with a gallery of images from the inside of the Mansion.  I think I will have to go back at some stage, it would be nice to do it at a different of the year.

Happy Easter.



  1. That is certainly living in a manner to which I would like to become accustomed!
    The photos do it credit. Many of the old colonial homes almost outdid the stately ones back in UK. Not quite – there was less time for things to be accumulated in!
    I can’t help smiling at the thought of saying, in a broad Australian accent, ‘That’s the place Werribee!’

    • LOL, I know exactly what you mean.
      Thank you, it is strange to see a house like this here, though many of the new colonists could not let of Mother England, well they didn’t until the 1970’s, if you ask me.
      I think if people here were saying it, it would more, “That’s Werribee”, we don’t put in words if we don’t have too, haha. Lazy language.

  2. I think you might like a snoop around some of the National Trust properties in England with your camera.

    • Oh I know I would Gypsy, I love these old homes. They are so cool, and so in the past now. Would love to stay in one for a couple of week and really explore them. A nice big one.

  3. After seeing these terrific images, I believe I’m ready for a spot of tea :-)
    Nicely done Leanne :-)

    • You will have to go there and check it out, I thought it was too creepy. It is one thing for animals to be killed for food, but to do it for sport, I don’t like that.

  4. Wow Leanne, such a beautiful home. I see the English influence in the home. As always, a fabulous batch of photos. ;)

    • It is beautiful, and there was so much I didn’t capture in the photos. Very English, but not really surprising, I have heard that Melbourne is the most English city outside of England, many buildings built based on buildings that were in England. :) Thanks John.

  5. leecleland says

    Wonderful house and a treasure for all Australians. Love the opulence of the families areas as a direct contrast to the service areas of kitchen and laundry. And so much beautiful detail!

    • There is certainly a direct contrast, very different. The amount of detail is amazing, could you imagine building a house with it now, it would cost you so much money, that is if you could find people who had the skills to do it. Thanks Lee.

  6. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    These rooms are beautiful! I love the table all set as if the family is coming for Easter dinner tomorrow. :) It reminds me a bit of the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

    • They are Jackie, just gorgeous, I love the way they are set up too. It looks so inviting, though not sure how my manners would be sitting at dinner there. Things are so different now. I might have to look that house up. Thank you.

  7. Gorgeous…a feast for the eyes! Speaking of feasts…that dining room is amazing with the china green trim matching the green walls.

    • If you are talking about the dining room, that is pretty much how I remembered it. It is a very interesting place, a look back in time.

      • I think so too, it would look a little sickly after a while I think. I suppose for that time it was fine, they were only in the room for meals then out again. They probably barely noticed what the wall colour was.

  8. The green dinner service is gorgeous. I would have preferred to be the lady of the manor instead of a member of the downstairs staff in this house. Imagine all the cleaning!

    • I thought it was too Carol, I loved it, would love to own it. I think I would like to be the lady too, but looking at my families history, not much chance, looking at my husbands, though, he could have been, not the lady of course, but maybe one of the sons. The cleaning would be horrible, but I imagine there would have been a full staff so plenty to share the work around.

  9. Great set of images…..I totally appreciate yr take on animals : ) loved the angle shots of the hallways and staircase. It is odd about that window…can’t believe there wasn’t stainglass there at some time

    • Thank you Tiny, yes, I don’t like the idea of hunting for sport. I know what you mean about the window, it seems a bit of an oversight when you look at the rest of the house.

  10. From the opulence of the upstairs to the everyday life of the downstairs, you have captured it all. It screams Downton Abbey. And I adore that tea service and would love it for my own. Really must visit this place when we get to Victoria once again.
    I struggle taking photos inside. When I grow up I want to be you ;)

    • Thank you Suz, I agree, I could see Mary walking around here on her trip to Australia saying with the Chirnside’s obviously very old family friends. You will have to fight me for the tea servive, maybe we can pack it up when we go on our trip, have our tea with it. I really want to go back some time too.
      If you go when you come down, perhaps I can come too and help you with your indoor shots. :)

  11. Such a grand old house. I love walking through houses like these and seeing the history of it and the people who lived there. Beautiful photos Leanne – I feel as of I was there.

    • I do too Colline, it is almost hard to comprehend what it must have been like. I can’t help thinking that I would find being a lady of the house quite boring.

      • I think life as a woman of that time, and of that social class, would not have been as fulfilling as what we experience now. Now we are more free to follow our dreams and desires.

      • I agree Colline, I think so as well, thought they didn’t know any different I suppose. I am glad I am a woman now and not then.

  12. It looks wonderful until I look at the facilities “downstairs” – glad I don’t have that kind of laundry, but the big old stove in the kitchen looks pretty great! Unless I have to chop the wood myself…:) Great photos, Leanne!

    • I think that laundry was possibly state of the art in the 1870’s, that is a scary thought too. I think they had so many staff that the cooks could just shovel the wood in. I wish I had people doing all that for me and I could just take photos.

  13. Wonderful photos and tour! I especially loved seeing the nursery! And the work areas – kitchen and room for pressing linens. I am going to presume the hippo “stool” was something to sit upon rather than a hippo’s stool… ;)
    Here in the Northeast U.S. we go to Newport, Rhode Island to see this lifestyle – in tours such as you’ve documented here. It’s amazing to see this level of wealth and the style of living of another era in multiple homes along the seashore. I wonder if the big window is plain because it served the primary purpose of letting in as much light as possible. Thanks, Leanne! So enjoyable. And Happy Easter to you as well!

    • It is good to see all aspects of the house, though I don’t know that the room they have for the children was really the room, I think it might have been somewhere else. It is a very lavish lifestyle.
      The stool was made from a Hippo’s head, it was a bit weird, too weird for me.
      I have no idea about the window Mary, I would have thought that a stained glass window would have been so beautiful there and it would still have let in a lot of light. I do wonder, and someone else did suggest that maybe the original had been broken and was too expensive to replace. I might see if I can find out.
      Thank you Mary and you have a great Easter too.

  14. The shot of the staircase is gorgeous! I love all of those lines heading in varying directions—yet it is not at all unsettling or busy.

  15. pausesandclicks says

    Gorgeous! As for the beds, when we were in Poland last year they explained the short beds to us as relating to a superstition that if they laid all the way down it would simulate death so all the royals slept sitting up and that’s why the beds were so short!

    • Wow, so superstitious, I will have to tell my client this, I don’t think I could imagine sleeping like that. Thank you, and thanks for explaining about the beds, it explains a lot.

  16. I am in love with those stairs. The swirling rails and all the wood work. So beautiful. It is too bad the window wasn’t as masterful as those stairs. Really fun to take the tour with you. Thanks for sharing.

    • I love the stairs too, the whole really, but the stairs are quite a work of art. I agree with you about the window. You’re welcome Carrie and thank you.

  17. These photos are really good. I think you’ve captured the old-fashioned architecture and patterns very well. It’s almost another era altogether from the looks of the photos. Nine dollars is a steal to get in, did you have to ask permission to take photos indoors or is that allowed with non-commercial photography? Good thing the Mansion is rather well-lit, much brighter than I expected.

    Nexus 5 is a good phone, lots of space and functionality. Last weekend I bought a Samsung S4 Mini outright. It appeared to be the last one in town (Dick Smith), all other places in the city didn’t have it. Yes, mobile plans cost so much. That’s why I’m on prepaid, paying $10 worth of data each month and that’s it. Been playing with the phone’s camera this weekend, seems to be better than my Canon Ixus’ :O

    • Thank you Mabel. It is a great place to take photos. Yes, the price to get in is great. You are allowed to take photos as long as it is for your personal use. Some places were a bit challenging to photograph, but generally it was pretty good.

      The S4 is meant to be a good phone, that is good that you have a great plan and could buy the phone outright. I am you are going to have a lot of fun with it.

  18. Wonderful photographs! Thank you for always sharing such amazing photos.

  19. Lovely shots, very much like the many National Trust houses that open to the public in the UK. Great job coping with the low light levels and getting the white balance right too.

    • We have many of those as well, it is great to be able to go and visit. Thank you, it wasn’t too bad, some photos didn’t work, but I was pleased with the ones that did.

  20. Lovely shots Leanne…’s rare over here that we are allowed to take photos of the interiors of historic houses

    • Thank you Mark. We are allowed to take photos in most of them, though only for personal use, which is fair enough.

  21. It’s so beautiful inside.. I’ve never been in the actual mansion. Next time I go home I’ll have to organise a visit there.. :)

    • Next time you go Livonne you should see if you can. It is quite amazing, they have set it up really nicely. I loved that you could just wander around on your own. :)

  22. Not the first image coming to my mind of Australia! But wow, it is really GRAND. I wonder if it’s something Phryne Fisher might have considered building!
    (I love Phryne, and I love Australia — that is, my image of it, never having been lucky enough to make a visit. That’s one of the reasons I appreciate your blog.)

    • It isn’t the image people have of Australia, you are right there. It is very grand, and very grand for here that is for sure. There are a few places like this, but not many. I think Australia is often different to what people think, it would be interesting to see what you thought if you came here. Thanks

  23. Everything looks fabulous, Leanne, but perhaps I’d forgo the ironing! :) Belated happy Easter to you.

    • I think I would too, it must have been so hard ironing with one of those. Thank you and Happy belated Easter to you. :)

    • The rooms sort of have barricades, so you can’t really go right into them. It was good that they let you wander around them like this, but I understand what you mean as well. Thank you Linda.

  24. Awesome place! I love tours like this, and will seek them out wherever we vacation (or go to the ones nearby!). That china pattern is so Spring-y, and the walls painted a matching shade of green just make it pop – like they created the room to showcase the dishes…
    Hope your Easter was wonderful :D

    • I like that idea too Marie, matching the dishes, I do love that set. I love being able to get a peek inside homes like this, like stepping back.
      It has been very nice, I’m up at my mums and it has been wonderful. I saw the photo of yours, it looks like fun too. :D

  25. Thank you for the tour – bet the people had a high opinion of themselves! Just love the staircase and the teaset

    • You’re welcome Diana, possibly, though didn’t all very rich people, or perhaps they still do. I loved the teaset, I want it, haha. Thanks.

  26. Leanne, you are so brilliant when it comes to architecture photography – stunning captures, the stairs and the dining room is my favorite image. A beautiful ¬house and from your images is it just like people are living there today. Love the colors scheme of the rooms.

Comments are closed.