My Day of Days: Joan Lindsay’s love affair with Valentine’s Day on display at Mulberry Hill

A fascinating installation where love, curiosity and creativity meet. Mulberry Hill, the home that Joan Lindsay shared with her husband Daryl Lindsay, will open to the public every Sunday in from the 11th February & 31st March 2024.

‘My Day of Days’ is an ode to Joan Lindsay’s intimate connection with Valentine’s Day. Displayed at their Langwarrin South home, the installation will showcase Joan’s cherished Valentine’s Day cards.

Valentine’s Day held a profound significance in Joan’s life. It was not only the date she married Daryl Lindsay, but the day of the fateful picnic in her classic novel Picnic at Hanging Rock.  Joan was known for paying little attention to dates but the 14th of February was one she never forgot.

Joan called Valentine’s Day her ‘day of days,’ as it intertwines family, marriage, and her creative practice.

Joan and Sir Daryl Lindsay’s marriage was seen as a union of two creative minds having both hailed from artistic families. In the years following their marriage, Joan dedicated herself to writing and produced what would be one of the most iconic examples of Australian literature.

The Picnic at Hanging Rock was Joan’s most notable novel released in 1967, which then became a highly acclaimed film adaptation in 1975. Almost 50 years later, its climax still ignites curiosity for those who are eager to solve the enigma.



In this upcoming display, Joan’s personal Valentine’s Day Card collection will be available to the public for viewing. The album has been recently conserved with generous support from the Copland Foundation. It includes cards that Joan and her family exchanged, reflecting joyous occasions but also a selection featured in the film, reminding us of moments of uncanny mystery.

Mulberry Hill served as Joan Lindsay’s inspirational haven, nurturing her creativity and providing the backdrop for her timeless literary masterpieces. Upon her death, she entrusted her home to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and has since then been established as a historical landmark where her legacy endures.

‘My Day of Days’ will be open each Sunday beginning on 11 February until 31 March 2024 from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Tickets can be purchased here and includes access to explore the house with a guided tour.

A program of curator talks, creative writing workshops and other events will accompany the exhibition.

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