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Blundell's Cottage

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published February 27th 2014
A quaint museum
Wendouree Drive, on Duntroon Estate, alongside Lake Burley Griffin, is where you start your journey of Canberra's forgotten history. There are three sections of Kings Park; Blundell Cottage is on the northern side of Lake Burley Griffin.

Blundell Cottage

Built in1860 on the Limestone Plains is a well preserved quaint cottage with plenty of history. Blundell Cottage is a small and basic cottage. The stones used to build this glorious cottage were from Mt Ainsley and Black Mountain. Blundell Cottage was luscious grazing land on the northern side of Molonglo River, now Lake Burley Griffin. Now it has been transformed into a glorious parkland, preserving Canberra's history.

Blundell Cottage

Blundell Cottage was constructed for a farmer on Duntroon Estate, owned by the Campbell family of Duntroon. The first tenants, farmers William and Mary Gin, also farmed their own 60 acres of land.

Robert Campbell employed convicts as shepherds and labourers, but preferred free immigrants as industrial workers and each tenant farmer got their own small cottage and land to farm, in exchange for labour.

Garden and Plower Relics

George Blundell and Flora tenanted the cottage in 1874 and was born on the Duntroon estate. They had 8 children and lived in this tiny cottage raising their family while he worked as a Bullock Driver. They occupied Blundell Cottage for nearly 60 years. In 1913, the Commonwealth acquired the land and the Blundell's leased the property from the Federal Commonwealth until his death in 1933.

Blundell Cottage view from Lake Burley Griffin

Blundell Cottage was due to be demolished and luckily for us today is a museum. Unfortunately it was closed when we went, but the grounds are well kept with relics of the era and we were able to sense the way of living.
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Anchor from HMAS Canberra

Walking along the lakeside, is HMAS Canberra's huge anchor. This is a memorial to the 84 crew members who lost their lives. HMAS Canberra was unfortunately sunk during a battle at Savo Island in 1942.

Black Mt Tower view from Lake Burley Griffin

There is plenty of seating to admire the views of Lake Burley Griffin and its surrounding area. Black Mt Tower and the National Library on the southern side of the Lake.

National Library

Stay tuned for the Carillon and Police Memorial Park Sections

My recommendation is to start your Canberra journey here at Kings Park.
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Why? Museum at Blundell Cottage
When: Thursday and Saturday 10-11.30am and 12-4pm (not open public holidays)
Where: Wendouree Drive, Wendouree Dr, Parkes ACT 2600
Cost: Free
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