Map Home Property as Surveyed by George Gordon McCrae (1833–1927)

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The McCrae family lived on the Mornington Peninsula for 7 years. Andrew McCrae attempted to eke out a living on their 20,500 acre run.  His attempt was unsuccessful, but the family’s experience of life as settlers along the coast of Port Phillip Bay was edifying.  Georgiana and her 7 children documented the
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Watercolour by George Gordon McCrae

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This website includes images and names of deceased people that may distress Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples. One of a series of watercolours painted by the young George Gordon McCrae at Arthur’s Seat in the late 1840s.
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Watercolour by Georgiana McCrae – The Garden at Arthur’s Seat

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An open forest of casuarinas, acacias, banksias and gum welcomed the McCrae family when they arrived at Arthur’s Seat.  Georgiana McCrae and her children arrived into Hobson’s Bay, Williamstown  in 1841, joining Andrew who had immigrated in 1840. After his legal practice flailed to flourish in Melbourne, he acquired the Arthur’s Seat
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Portrait of “Eliza” by Georgiana Huntly McCrae

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This website includes images and names of deceased people that may distress Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples. Georgiana McCrae painted this watercolour portrait of Boonwurrung Woman ‘Eliza’ in the mid, 1850s.
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The Pulpit, Cape Schanck, by C J La Trobe

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Painted in 1848, this watercolour depicts The Pulpit at Cape Schanck. Superintendent and Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe was an avid sketcher and traveller. He documented the Port Phillip landscape in many illustrations, quick sepia wash sketches and detailed watercolours.
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C. J. La Trobe’s Apothecary Box

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This medicine box was owned by Superintendent, and later Lieutenant Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe. The box was made by Savory & Moore, Chemists to the Queen, and dates from the 1830s. It was part of the luggage of the La Trobe family – Charles, Sophie and their daughter Agnes
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Mouse trap Gulf Station

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An unusual object, this mouse trap was a necessity on a farm like Gulf Station. The mouse enters the trap through the arched entrance; a moving floor closes a door to this entrance, preventing escape. The last owners of Gulf Station were the Fellowes family, who ran a plant nursery
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Federal Standard Printing Press

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The Federal Standard Printing Works is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printers remaining from the gold mining era. When gold was discovered in Chiltern in 1858 thousands of people flocked to the Victorian country town. In 1859 the Federal Standard newspaper was founded there and operated from
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Bird Orchid Endeavour Fern Gully

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Endeavour Fern Gully is one of the few surviving forested areas on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.  Prior to European settlement, many similar fern gullies could be found in the landscape.  After settlement, it became part of the McCrae family’s run – Arthur’s Seat – in the 1840s. The gully
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60 Objects

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As part of the celebration of the National Trust’s 60th Anniversary we have chosen 60 objects from our collection. With over 35,000 objects to choose from, that including costume, furnishings, artworks, tools, plants and even animals, the decision was difficult. These objects represent the way the Trust’s Collection connects people
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Soft Fruit Tree Fern Endeavour Fern Gully

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Endeavour Fern Gully is one of the few surviving forested areas on the Mornington Peninsula.  Prior to European settlement the landscape had many similar fern gullies.  Originally part of the McCrae family’s run – Arthur’s Seat – in the 1840s. The gully is situated in an area that has identified
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Hand-painted Fan

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The Como collection contains a set of hand-made fans – made from either crepe paper and feathers or hand-painted, such as this example featuring a cockatoo.   Constance Fitzpatrick, nee Armytage, was an amateur painter who was taught by Arthur Merric Boyd.  He and his son Penleigh were regular visitors
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Waggonette

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This waggonette was drawn by two horses to carry a heavy load.  The wagon bears the maker’s plate of Melbourne coach-builders Stevenson and Elliott, who were an established business that had been trading since the 1850s. The company both built and imported the vehicles they sold. Donated by the descendants
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Horse-Drawn Hearse

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In the early decades of the 20th century, W.S. Edwards was listed as an undertaker, coach-builder and owner of livery stables on Ford Street in Beechworth.  Edwards provided the coffins and the hearse to his clients and was well known and respected in his community. Information found inside the hearse
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Bow Drill

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  This drill has been identified by members of the Hand Tool Preservation Society as being one of the most important tools in the Caine Tool Collection, which was bequested by Thomas Caine. Caine was a skilled carpenter and joiner, whose collection represented ‘3 or 4 generations of craftsman’s work.’
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Hand Vice

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This hand vice has been identified by members of the Hand Tool Preservation Society as being one of the most important tools in the collection bequested by Thomas Caine. Caine was a skilled carpenter and joiner, whose collection represented ‘3 or 4 generations of craftsman’s work.’ * He spent his
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Clockmaker’s Lathe

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An important example of a nineteenth century hand tool, this horological lathe was used to turn metal when crafting the inside workings of a clock.   This lathe has been identified by members of the Hand Tool Preservation Society as being one of the most important tools in the collection
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Portrait – In Memoriam Ethel Armytage

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The Caroline and Charles Armytage lost one child during their married life together at Como. Ethel Maude Armytage, 1856-1872  died at the age of seven from diphtheria.  The image taken of Ethel in this mourning frame shows her as a healthy child posed in a chair at the Johnstone O’Shannessy and
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Spectacles worn during Black Thursday February 6 1851

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  “We have received Port Phillip papers to the 11th February. The whole province had suffered from fearfully destructive bush fires, which raged worst on Thursday, the 6th, assisted by a furious hot wind… Vast numbers of sheep, cattle, and horses had been destroyed, and the loss in grain of
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Fabienne Archive A Collection of Design Illustrations & Embroidery Samples

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Nellie embroidered exquisite beaded patterns for Dior as cows were herded past her front door   Nellie van Rysoort was trained in Europe to produce intricate hand embroidered patterns for the major fashion houses of Paris.  Examples of her work can be seen on garments in museum collections and her archive
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Medals Awarded to Bertram Armytage

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After a life of adventure and adrenaline seeking, Bertram Armytage ended his life in his room at the Melbourne Club wearing the medals he was awarded for bravery and exploration. These included the Queen’s medal with three clasps from the South African campaign of the Boer War,  the King’s Medal
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