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Labassa's Story

Opulent mansion designed by JAB Koch. One of Australia's most significant nineteenth century mansions. Originally called Ontario; renamed Labassa in 1904 by new owner, JB Watson, after a Fijian village where he spent a holiday.

Radio Broadcast - 3 December 2015
Tune into 95.7FM or go to at 9am, Thursday, 3 December and hear a special broadcast highlighting Labassa's musical heritage. The broadcast includes Nellie Melba with the song she performed for owner Alexander Robertson in 1890 through to the 1960s with resident Han Poulsen's hit Boom Sha La La Lo.

Listeners can also download the Golden Days Radio App on both Apple and Android systems.
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Labassa Lives Newsletter

Costume Collection

The Costume Collection at Labassa is available to researchers and special interest groups by appointment only. To make an appointment please call 03 9656 9832 during business hours.

View some our historic costume selection online

What We Offer
  • Children's activities
  • Guided tours
  • Education services
  • Filming/photography locations
  • Theatrical performances
Do you have information about Labassa? Did you once live there? Learn about our Return to Labassa project & our search for more information about Labassa's recent past and past tenants.

Opening hours

Open on the third Sunday of each month from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Tours of the house at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. There is also an external tour at 1pm. Also open 8 November 2015 for special Social History Open Day. Closed in December. To make an appointment for group tours (also available on open days), please call (03) 9656 9889.


2 Manor Grove
Caulfield North 3161 VIC


03 9527 6295

Entry fees

NT members are free. House Tour Adults: $15, Concession: $12, Children: $9, Family: $35 (2 adults + 2 children).