Saumarez Homestead Online Collections Database

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This online data base for the Saumarez Homestead collection allows all visitors to explore the collection thoroughly. The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Alternatively, the Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search
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Ellis Rowan China Collection at Saumarez Homestead

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Ellis Rowan was a small, strong-willed yet fascinating woman, an enigmatic character who forged her way through life, captivating others while pursuing her ultimate goal – the finding and painting of wildflowers, birds, insects and butterflies of many countries, often for the first time. (Australian Dictionary of Biography) The Ellis
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Hepburn Graves, Smeaton House, Smeaton

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The Hepburn family graves are a private family cemetery, that were once part of a historical pastoral holding called Smeaton Hill Run.  The graves are situated close to the original homestead – Smeaton House – which was built by Scottish emigre Captain William Hepburn.  Hepburn died in 1860 and his
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Drawing Room Fireplace Surround, Hand-carved, 1890 ca.

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Labassa is a showcase of the prosperity of its past owners, Gold Rush entrepreneurs, who spent their wealth on superior craftsmanship.  In 1887, Canadian born Alexander Robertson, of Cobb and Co fame, purchased the original mansion.  He appointed the German born architect J.B.A. Koch to extend and refurbish his home
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Emu Egg from the Drawing Room at Gulf Station

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“I just remember old Mrs Bell, with a little bonnet always on her head, like a mop-cap thing with a frill around and her glasses with round rims. She was always in the big sitting room… and you’d go through and she’d talk to you…” Miss Daisy Tanes The mounted emu
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George Andrews’ Diary The Polly Woodside

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In 1904 George Andrews signed on as a seaman on the barque Polly Woodside. From Christchurch, New Zealand, Andrews first journey aboard the Polly Woodside was to Britain.   His diary begins whilst the ship is sailing on the Pacific Ocean.  It is Tuesday 24 January 1904, and the Polly
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National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Classification Files

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The National Trust Heritage Register is the most comprehensive single heritage register in Victoria, covering all types of cultural and natural heritage, including buildings, trees, landscapes, gardens, public art and pipe organs. Each classified place has an archival file that contains historical material, media articles, photos and sometimes plans. These
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Watercolours by Robert Hoddle (1794 – 1881)

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Robert Hoddle is remembered for his work as a surveyor.  Melbourne’s grid layout is attributed to him, although there is some question about whether his plan was built upon an earlier scheme by the man he replaced Robert Russell. Appointed head surveyor by the governor of Port Phillip Sir Richard Bourke in
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Hairwork Wreath made by Henrietta de Grandi, 12 years old

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Made from human hair, this wreath of artificial flowers was donated by Marie Isobel Buesst, who with her husband Tristan were well-known collectors of Australiana. The box containing the flowers holds a clue to who the original artisan was.  Handwritten in pencil on the back of the box are the
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Acquisition Diaries

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‘Black Opera Cloak, Muff and Collar, 2 Baby’s (sic) Dresses, Lace Nightcap, Caramel Silk Dress …’ With this generous donation, from Matron E.M. Sage in 1961, the National Trust began acquiring moveable cultural heritage. The collection now contains over 35 000 objects, many of which are displayed at the Trust’s
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Deed of Settlement

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This Deed for £900 is dated 23 July 1880 and was drawn up by the Crown Solicitor’s Office …for the benefit of the children of Sergeant Kennedy and Constable Lonigan murdered by the Kelly Gang for investment by the Kelly Gang for investment by trustees to be appointed by the Government
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Oil Painting ‘The Girl in Red Tights’ Constance Stokes (1906 – 1991)

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Daryl and Joan Lindsay’s home Mulberry Hill contains many important examples of Australian Art.  Both were trained artists, although Daryl is remembered for his role as Director of the National Gallery of Victoria and founding member of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Joan is famous for her iconic novel
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Ladies’ Worktable Book owned by Georgiana McCrae

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Although published in 1850, it is unknown whether Georgiana McCrae was still living at Arthur’s Seat when she acquired this book. Despite the family’s contentment at Arthur’s Seat, the shadow of dispossession was ever present.  The land’s mountainous terrain made cattle grazing difficult.  It was better suited to sheep grazing,
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Pair of Shirts worn at Labassa in the 1970s

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Labassa is an exuberantly ornamented boom-style mansion in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield. Built for the wealthy and privileged in the nineteenth century, its twentieth century history tells a different story. After Labassa was sold in the late 1900s, the mansion was converted into a tenement house and for the
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Fancy Dress ‘An Athenian Lady’ worn by Elizabeth Austin

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Mrs. Austin attended the ball as an Athenian Lady and her husband Thomas went as a Freemason. They mixed with a huge crowd gathered to see Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. According to newspaper reports the caterers provided for 8000 guests. The
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Ouija Board Used by Henry Handel Richardson

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Henry Handel Richardson (H.H.R.) was the pen name of Ethel Florence Richardson (1870-1946), author of The Getting of Wisdom (1910), The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (trilogy 1930), and Maurice Guest (1908). The Ouija board on display at Lake View, the house in Chiltern where H.H.R. spent part of her girlhood,
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Dollond Telescope

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John William Twycross purchased this camera in 1918. With this purchase he became a pictorialist photographer, capturing scenes in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Many images document life at Arthur’s Seat where his family would holiday, visiting their Aunt Kate. This photograph was taken of his son, John, on the
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Thornton Pickard Westminster Quarter Plate Camera Belonging to John William Twycross (1871–1936)

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With this purchase he became a pictorialist photographer, capturing scenes in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. John Twycross took every opportunity to record the world around him, using his lunchtime breaks to capture the streets of Melbourne. Many images document life at Arthur’s Seat where the family would holiday, visiting
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Pair of Fancy Dress Costumes, 1900 ca.

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  Louis Australia Whyte and his son Louis Melville Whyte had much in common – both were avid sportsmen. Louis senior was a champion golfer and tennis player, and his son a surfer, swimmer and car enthusiast. Louis Melville also had a penchant for ice skating and he is noted
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Arthur Merric & Theodore Penleigh Boyd Watercolours of Como

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Painter Arthur Merric Boyd (1862 – 1940) and his son Theodore Penleigh Boyd (1890 – 1923) made many watercolour studies of the Como grounds. As members of the artistic dynasty, they also socialised with the Armytage family of Como. Penleigh’s cousin Joan Lindsay (nee a ‘Beckett) told of how her
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Watercolours by Caroline Pounds, 1845 ca.

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Very little is known about Caroline Pounds, other than she was the wife Dr. James Baker Pounds, who settled in Ballarat and opened a medical practice.   Her son married Lilias Ibbotson, eldest daughter in the Ibbotson family, of The Heights Geelong. Caroline Pound’s watercolour studies were found at The Heights, which remained
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