The 35 acre ‘Wairoa’ property & mansion are located at Aldgate in the Adelaide Hills.
‘Wairoa’ was previously the home of ‘Marbury School’, and was my former school and work place. It was a location that was central to my life for around 26 years and as such, is a place that holds an infinite number of memories for me.
The property was purchased by William Austin Horn in 1888, on which he then built the two-story Victorian mansion. The gardens are over 100 years old and are one of the last remaining Victorian style pleasure gardens to be found in the Adelaide Hills.
Wairoa was also used as a location in Peter Weir’s classic film adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. As a 5 year old student, I remember sitting on the lawns above Wairoa watching them film.
While I was at Wairoa taking this photograph, I was told a story by Leonard Cohen (who was my teacher at that time), of how he had the challenging task of trying to teach a bunch inquisitive 5 year olds with short attention spans, the great new game of keeping very quiet! :)
The Wairoa gardens are going to be opened to the public on 9th and10th May – Mothers Day weekend – from 10am to 4:30pm. – the Montessori school is providing tea and light lunches and there will be a plant stall.