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Labassa Mansion Open Day: Women at War

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by EricaL (subscribe)
High school teacher and writer living in Melbourne, Australia.
Unveiling the remarkable women of Labassa
Labassa mansion, located in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield, is a magnificent Victorian-era property that offers a glimpse into the lives of the families who once called it home. On Sunday, 19th March, Labassa will open its doors for a special open day, showcasing the stories of Labassa's women residents who lived through two World Wars.

Labassa Mansion
Labassa Mansion image c/o Bruce Postle

During both World Wars, the women of Labassa were involved in fundraising for the Red Cross Comforts fund, while others experienced the terrors of war, enemy occupation and internment. Labassa's open day will allow visitors to learn more about these incredible women and their experiences through displays, special tours, and imagery.

One such resident was Vera Halford, a racing car driver in the 1920s who trained women to drive tractors during the Second World War while the men were away at the front. Another remarkable resident was Margaret Brown, who worked tirelessly to raise funds for Labassa's registered Red Cross Comforts Fund. Tragically, Margaret's 23-year-old brother, pilot Brian Brown, was killed in action over Italy just one month before the Second World War ended.

Vera Halford
Vera Halford

Marion Merten was another Labassa resident whose story will be shared during the open day. Marion met and married an American soldier in Melbourne during the Second World War. She was one of the hundreds of 'war brides' who left Australia after the war and never returned.

Marion Merten
Marion Merten

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Labassa and the remarkable women who lived there. Head to the National Trust website for more information on Labassa and the open day. Please note that guided tours are available on the hour from 11am to 3pm. The tea room is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Don't miss your chance to step back in time and discover the stories of Labassa's remarkable residents.
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When: Sunday 19th March 2023: One Day Only
Where: Labassa Mansion, 2 Manor Grove, Caulfield North
Cost: Adults $15. Concession $12. Child $9. Family (2 adults & 2 children) $35
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