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A Labassa Mansion Christmas

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by Ree Maloney (subscribe)
Ree Maloney
A Labassa Mansion Christmas event

"Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused - in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened - by the recurrence of Christmas..." Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens wrote often about the meaning of Christmas to him. He often conjured up images of his surroundings, the tree, the presents and decorations, families and carolling. His images of Christmas are what many people think of as a traditional Christmas - stately decorated mansions, crackling fireplaces and voices rising in song.

In Australia, we all celebrate the day differently but, in many cases, we like the idea of that traditional Dickensian Christmas. If you'd like to see a stately mansion all decked out, ready for this annual celebration, you need to come down to Labassa in Caulfield North to experience a small taster of a traditional Christmas.

A Christmas Tree
Christmas at Labassa

Labassa will be open on Sunday 9th of December for a special Christmas event. Labassa's lavish mansion has bebackdropck drop of many familiar tv shows and movies over the years - these include the Miss Fisher series and spin-off, Squizzy and the new Picnic at Hanging Rock amongst others.

The house will be especially decorated and entertainment will include Christmas choirs and special Christmas-themed fare in the cafe.

The mansion will open at 10:30am and close at 4:30pm. On most open days, there are guided tours of the house but as this is a special event, guests can wander the house at their own leisure and enjoy all that is on offer. There are also books about the house available for $10 and on admission, you will receive information about the house. If you have any questions, please ask one of the volunteers that you'll see roaming the property.

Labassa - ornate mansion in Caulfield North
Labassa - ornate mansion in Caulfield North

Labassa was built in 1862 for Judge, Richard Billing, it is a well-preserved example of a 19th Century Victorian mansion built in the French Second Empire style. It started as an eight roomed house and was renovated and extended in both 1873 and in the 1890s. In the 1920s it became home to a variety of interesting personalities when it was turned in 10 flats. The National Trust acquired the property in the 1980s and removed the majority of the partitions but you can still see evidence of how people lived together int this amazing property.

Come and learn a little history, feast your eyes on a magnificent house and top it off with a visit to the tea rooms for some of their famous scones with jam and cream.

Since this event is sure to be popular, bookings are recommended. You can book through the National Trust by clicking here.
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Why? Traditional Christmas in Labassa Mansion
When: Sunday, 9th December 2018
Phone: 03 9656 9889
Where: Labassa, Manor Grove, Caulfield North
Cost: $15 Adults, $35 Family. Free for National Trust Members
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What a magnificent building, Jenni! The event is sure to be a lot of fun!
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