The weather in Melbourne is finally getting nice, so Ken and I took advantage of this pleasant change by taking a day trip to Werribee Mansion and rose garden.
Ken and I headed to the mansion’s front gate area to get our admission tickets and audio guide. The mansion is impressive, not just in its size, but also in the immaculate way the building has been preserved. This is the master staircase you see right as you enter from the main entrance. It reminded me of the staircase in the movie, Titanic.
The mansion was built by the Chirnside family in the late 1800’s and includes over 60 rooms in the various wings of the building. I’ve always been fascinated with the Victorian era so being able to see original furniture and architecture was really interesting.
Because we got to the mansion early, we had the place almost exclusively to ourselves. The lack of other tourists allowed us to take our time through the rooms, read all the information provided, and get a better understanding of what we were seeing.
A Photo Tour of the Werribee Estate
The Drawing Room
This was my favorite room. I loved the colors and that so much of the contents of the room are original to the mansion.
The central light fitting (below), the central ottoman and the armchair are all original to the room. The moldings around the skirting board and ceilings are also original.
About one third of all the furniture imported to the Mansion either remained in the house or were reacquired.
All of the paintings in the room are also original to the mansion.
The Morning Room
The morning room was used as an informal family living and dining room. All but one of the paintings in this room where bought by Thomas Chirnside, the original owner, and apart from the chairs, all of the furniture in the room is original to the mansion.
The Dinning Room
In the late 1800’s the Mansion dining room was used for formal entertaining. All the paintings in the room were purchased by Thomas Chirnside and original to the Mansion. The light fitting is also original and one of the most ornate in the house. It is made of bronze in an Egyptian style and has matching wall brackets used throughout the room.
Much of the contents of these rooms are original to the mansion. The woman’s clothing pictured below is original to the era. I’ve never seen historic clothing like this up so close. Seeing up close all the detail work that went into the fabric was really neat.
Opening on to the top of the landing is the upstairs hall or the saloon. This area severed as a combined picture gallery and sitting room and sometimes, even as a ballroom.
When the the salon was used for balls, the orchestra would sit at the far end of the hall allowing the sound to travel throughout the house.
Werribee has a lot going for it, beautiful parks, a winery, and a mansion. Visiting this unique and historic place is a great, and inexpensive place to spend a nice spring/summer day. I’m looking forward to going back and relaxing in the gardens when the roses are in bloom.