It’s a year of two significant milestones with the National Trust (NSW) celebrating its 75th Anniversary and Goulburn celebrating 200 years since Governor Macquarie’s first visit to Goulburn. To celebrate both, the National Trust is opening Riversdale for a special event on Saturday 24 October to showcase the exhibition The Old Town: Goulburn and Riversdale 1820 and Beyond.
Featuring the National Trust’s collection items, historical maps of the local area, documents related to the area’s colonial history, and artefacts belonging to the Twynam family, the exhibition highlights Riversdale’s significance to the history and community of Goulburn.
Riversdale was originally established as a coaching inn, and the stone barn built by Mathew Healy in 1832 is the only surviving building of the first settlement at Goulburn Plains. In the 1850s, Riversdale was used as a school before becoming home to the NSW Surveyor General, Edward Twynam, and his family for over 90 years.
Today, Riversdale is an outstanding example of a building constructed in the old colonial regency style, reflecting typical characteristics of wayside inns built during the 1830-1880 period. The property is notable for its decorative qualities, its fine craftsmanship and its finished workmanship throughout.
Open day at Riversdale: 24 October, 10am – 4pm
The National Trust will be welcoming visitors to this free open day, where carefully managed social distancing will allow for entry to the Riversdale to view the exhibition and selected rooms of the homestead. Guests are also invited to enjoy the award-winning gardens, relax on a picnic rug, enjoy music and play garden games.
Refreshments will be available for purchase on site including coffee, cold drinks, snacks and light lunch, so come relax in the garden – winner of the Best Heritage Garden and Betty Jane May Memorial Prize at the 2020 Lilac City Festival Gardening Competition.
Entry is free, donations to support the National Trust (NSW) will be warmly welcomed.