Historic Hume open for weekend

The site of the birthplace of ‘The Ashes’ and a 19th century historic homestead will open their doors to the public, as part of Open House Melbourne, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said visitors would have an opportunity to access Sunbury’s historical home of The Ashes, Rupertswood Mansion, and Greenvale’s Woodlands Historic Homestead at Living Legends, home to retired champion racehorses.

“Rupertswood Mansion forms a rich part of history for not only Sunbury, but Australian cricket. “The Mansion operates as part of a school these days, but it is also recognised as the birthplace of cricket’s revered Ashes – a site no cricket fan can afford to miss,” Cr Jessop said.

“All Open House attendees will have a unique opportunity to explore the ground floor of the mansion, which is not opened to the public at other times of the year.

“Greenvale’s Woodlands Historic Homestead is one of the oldest built structures in Hume, with construction dating back to 1842.

“The Homestead is now a part of Living Legends - the ‘International Home of Rest for Champion Horses’.

“After you have visited the homestead, spend time with some of the world’s iconic past racing champions.

Councillor Jessop said the inclusion of Hume icons in the Open House Melbourne program was another reason for Hume residents to feel proud of their City.

“We are so proud to have such an array of fantastic cafes, restaurants, wineries, museums and galleries all within our City,” Cr Jessop said.

“Whether it’s grabbing brunch and some of the best coffee in Craigieburn, dining on authentic pasta in the Westmeadows Village or visiting a winery in Sunbury, there’s plenty to love about Hume.

“If you’re looking for inspiration for things to do in Hume, simply follow our Discover Hume Instagram page or pop into the Sunbury Visitor Information Centre!”

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.

With over 1.271 million visitors to Hume City in 2016, Council is well aware of the positive contribution that tourism is making.

The sector employs over 5,500 people and remains the fourth largest sector, with an estimated output of $1.950 billion.

Posted on 10:00 AM, 25 July 2017

Updated : 10:40 AM, 25 July 2017

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