Enjoy delicious scones with tea or coffee at Villa Alba
Victoria is home to many sites of historical significance but some of them are not as well know as others. Villa Alba in Melbourne's North East Suburb of Kew, for example, is a beautifully preserved example of a Victorian style mansion. It was built for Mr William Greenlaw in 1882 and today remains for the public to enjoy and learn about life in years gone by.
The mansion's opulence - including its hand-painted frescos and tromp l'oeil - was much celebrated when it was completed in 1884 and included an extensive article in the local newspaper.
After Greenlaw's death in 1895, the mansion was leased to the Fripp family and then converted into a home for nurses who were working with the Royal Women's Hospital of Melbourne.
Community interest in the preservation of the house saw a committee formed in 1984 which formally became the 'Villa Alba Museum Incorporated' in 2004. Unlike many other properties covered under organisations such as the National Trust, Villa Alba is privately managed by committee and therefore funding only comes in private donations and funds raised from open days and other events at the house.