Once upon a time in Melbourne, a wealthy resident wrote to his trusted architect to build him the "most magnificent home in Melbourne". Today, that mansion is called Labassa and is located in Caulfield North.
The interior decorations contain an interesting mix of traditional English oak leaves, classical Greek revival styles and Australian gum nuts - visual proof of Australia's journey from being a British colony to developing its own unique identity.
This December, come and explore Alexander Robertson's vision of the "most magnificent home in Melbourne". Learn a little about the eclectic past of the house and see it decked in beautiful Christmas decorations.
In the morning enjoy the Five Winds Quintet. The Quintet comprises flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. They will play a range of music written or arranged for wind quintet which will include fairly well known works by Mozart, Beethoven and Grieg as well as lesser known pieces like the early Hungarian dances of Ferenc and Peter Warlock Capriol Suite.
In the afternoon, the joyful voices of the Elwood Community Choir will be heard around the beautiful rooms of Labassa. Their songs include a wide range of styles from Greece, South Africa, Australia, and America.
They will be joined by local guitarist Matthew Lovering, and other guest artists.
Special Christmas fare can be enjoyed in the Labassa tea rooms.
Where:Labassa Mansion, Manor Grove Caulfield North
Cost:Adult $15.00 0 Concession Must hold valid concession card $12.00 0 Child (5-15 years old) $9.00 0 Family 2 adults and 2 children (5 - 15 years old) $35.00 0 NationalTrust member Must present valid National Trust membership card on arriva