Barwon Park Mansion is located near Winchelsea, west of Geelong in the south west of Victoria, Australia.
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Barwon Park is a majestic 42 room bluestone mansion and stables, built for Thomas and Elizabeth Austin in 1870, is largely in it’s original condition, resonating with the glory of Victoria’s pastoral heritage.
Barwon Park, a combination of three original runs, was renowned for sheep and horse breeding and the introduction of many game species now considered vermin.
As a member of the Acclimatisation Society, Thomas imported numerous species and is best remembered for his success in breeding rabbits. At the time rabbits and other game he bred were much acclaimed : today the praise has turned to blame.
Elizabeth Austin was already established as an important hostess in the western district (and had entertained Royalty), and the mansion was built accordingly.
Unfortunately Thomas Austin passed away just a few months after the magnificent house warming ball in 1871. Elizabeth lived in the mansion until her death in 1910. She founded the Austin Hospital in Melbourne (Victoria) and supported many other causes in the Geelong region.
The property has been owned by only two families, the Austins and the Batsons. It was left to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) by Sidney Batson.