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At Barwon park historic mansion
Source: National Trust
There are only a handful of National Trust properties in Victoria so that if you are interested in historic properties, then like me, you have probably visited most of them.
Which is why it is wonderful that such properties continually reinvent themselves by holding exciting activities that draw you back again and again.
Barwon Park Mansion is a particularly evocative old bluestone mansion resonating with the glory of Victoria''s pastoral heritage. It has a grand ball room, grand stair case, a mere 42 rooms and views which looks out over the Barwon River and Geelong -- adding to the truism that rich people build on high ground.
Source: National Trust
It was the built by the Austins. Thomas Austin was the culprit who introduced rabbits to Australia for his own hunting pleasure. The many stone walls you see in the region were built when his two escaped bunnies reached plague proportion. These famous dry stone walls were partly built to try and stop them devastating every blade of grass in the region. His wife Elizabeth is famous for founding the Austin Hospital.
If you have already seen Barwon Park Mansion then the new incentive is a play they will be running on the 26th and 27th of April.
Most suitably this production is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web, a murder mystery set in a large country house with even more twists and turns than the mansions drive-way.
As you might also expect the play is set in a country estate and the characters included Henry and Clarissa Hailsham-Brown (the lord and lady of the estate), a step daughter, a gardener, a diffident policeman Inspector Lord, a cook and of course a butler.
It is a play that involves plenty of hidden doorways, secret drawers, French windows and concealed identities.
The play is produced by Theatre of the Winged Unicorn a local creative fringe theatre company, created by Elaine and Dennis Mitchell. They often put on period productions by writers such as Dickens, Eliot, Bronte, Hardy and Austen.
Guests are invited to look through the Mansion before the show. Great to see such an innovative use for this grand old mansion.