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The Staircase at Werribee Mansion

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Style! Class! Elegance! Excellence! 15-10-2010
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FEATURED in Country Victoria (Aust) 16-02-2015

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 400, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/15

Taken at Werribee Park Manison, Victoria. The mansion was built by pastoralists Andrew Chirnside and Thomas Chirnside between 1874 and 1877 in the Italianate style. Its residential and working buildings supported a large farm workforce. The rooms open to the public include the billardroom, the main bedrooms, the reception rooms and part of the kitchen. When Thomas Chirnside committed suicide, some of the property was passed on to George Chirnside, thus building the Manor in the 1890s. From 1923 to 1973, the Mansion was a Catholic seminary, Corpus Christi College. The wings which are now the Mansion Hotel were added during that period. The Library, like the Billiard Room, was considered to be a male retreat, a place for gentelmen of the house. The colours in this room are much darker than those of the Drawing Room, which was considered to be a female domain. In contrast to the white marble fireplace in the drawing Room, this fireplace is made of black marble, giving the room a masculine feeling. The statues on the mantlepiece reflect Thomas and Adrews’ love of hunting. The gasolier light fitting, the coal box and the carpet are original to the Mansion. The Victorian Government acquired Werribee Park from the Catholic Church in 1973 and commenced work to progressively restore the Mansion and remaining 400 hectares of land to its former glory. Now proudly managed by Parks Victoria, the park offers visitors a rich array of history, culture and stories to explore.

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