Charles Joseph La Trobe lived with his wife Sophie and their four children for nearly 15 years in the family’s prefabricated cottage. Elegantly furnished and surrounded by a beautiful garden, join us for a tour of La Trobe's Cottage and hear some fascinating stories about life in early Melbourne.
During La Trobe’s time, Melbourne grew from a rudimentary settlement of fewer than 3,000 people to the centre of a thriving Colony of 237,000 people. La Trobe played a significant role in setting up our early cultural institutions, and in establishing the parks and gardens which are such a feature of our state today.
Take a tour of La Trobe’s Cottage and hear some fascinating stories from the family’s letters about life in early Melbourne, both before and during the crisis years of the gold rushes.