Historic Hume is open

For the first time, two of Hume City’s key tourism icons, Rupertswood Mansion and Woodlands Historic Homestead, will be participating in Open House Melbourne.

On 30 and 31 July, visitors will have a rare opportunity to access and tour the two sites.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she hoped that Hume residents would take up this offer to get to know their local treasures a little better.

“Woodlands Historic Homestead in Greenvale is one of the oldest built structures in Hume, with construction starting way back in 1842. This homestead is significant because it is a rare example of an early prefabricated building. The building was designed and made in Britain, before being transported to Australia,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Woodlands Historic Homestead is now the home to Living Legends: The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses. After you have visited the homestead, step outside and visit some past racing champions, including Rogan Josh, Fields of Omagh and Might and Power.

“Rupertswood Mansion in Sunbury consists of 50 rooms, a tower that stands over 30 metres high and a magnificent ballroom. Visitors will be able to explore the ground floor of the mansion, along with the glorious extensive gardens.

“Rupertswood operates as a school, so it is quite a privilege to have access to tour areas of the property. Rupertswood is recognised as the birthplace of cricket’s revered ‘Ashes’, so I am sure that will bring a few sports fans out for a visit.

“There’s plenty of other places to visit in Hume, including wineries, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries. The Visitor Information Centre in Sunbury is a great source of information, if you are looking for places to visit.”

Open House Melbourne has been running annually since 2008, with the aim of showcasing buildings of significance. This is done through a series of free accessible, informative and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events, during the last weekend of July.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the inclusion of these key tourism icons in Open House Melbourne gave Hume residents yet another reason to feel proud about their municipality.

With over 1.206 million visitors to Hume City in 2015, Council is well aware of the positive contribution that tourism is making. The sector employs over 4,600 people and remains the fourth largest sector, with an estimated output of $1.566 billion.

For more information about visiting Hume’s Open House venues, visit the Melbourne Open House website: Rupertswood Mansion and Woodlands Historic Homestead

 

Posted on 9:00 AM, 18 July 2016


Updated : 1:51 PM, 27 July 2016

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