Open House Melbourne in Hume

Community Event

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Date and Time: 10:00 AM, 28 July 2018
10:00 AM, 29 July 2018
Location: Woodlands Historic Homestead - Home of the Living Legends
Address: Woodlands Drive , Greenvale 3059
Cost: Free

As a part of Open House Melbourne, you can get an inside peek into one of Hume’s most architecturally and historically magnificent buildings. If you love local history and have a keen eye for design, this is an event you can’t miss. This year, Hume’s own Living Legends will open its doors. 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, information and entertaining talks, tours, workshops and events.  

Woodlands Historic Homestead, home of the Living Legends


Construction of Woodlands Historic Homestead commenced on site in 1842. Carpenters erected temporary buildings for the household staff while the homestead was being established. The family moved to Woodlands on 9th June 1843, and although the house was not finished it was quite liveable. The climate was much cooler than expected, so the house was lined with bricks under the weather boards and a fireplace was installed.

Rolf Boldrewood (author of ‘Robbery Under Arms’) often visited Woodlands during the 1840s. He described it as, ‘the country house par excellence of the period. Neither a farm nor yet a large estate, it was something between the two, while the household and the menage generally were much more in accordance with the habitudes of the English country-house life than often obtains in Australia.’ The homestead underwent a California bungalow facelift in the 1920s when owned by Ben Chaffey. The homestead and associated outbuilding still retain many of the original features from this time. They also include original features from the middle 19th century along with the associated heritage gardens. Today, it is the home for Living Legends, The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses. 

Open: Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Heritage Listed: Yes

What's open: All sections

Tours Type:

  • Guided tours run at: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Tours run for 40 minutes, in groups of 20.
  • Self-guided: 10am - 4pm.

Special activities:  

  • Art activity for children hosted by Living Legends’ staff
  • Meet and mingle with former racehorse champions

Building Type: Cultural

Facilities: Pram access, Toilets, Food and beverage available

Year Built: 1842

Tram Stops: No public transport available.

Updated : 8:50 AM, 19 June 2018

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