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Labassa Open Day - Burgeoning Bohemia

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This Sunday 16 May, one of the most famous Melbourne landmarks is opening its doors to the public. Labassa in Caulfield, with its opulent architecture and largely intact decoration, is one of Australia's most outstanding 19th-century mansions. And this Sunday, Labassa will host timed sessions allowing visitors to explore the mansion, grounds and the history soaked by soil and stone.



House tours will highlight the lived experience of the house across the decades along with some of its myths and mysteries. This time around it is all about Bohemia of the 60s and 70s. Thus, the title of the event Burgeoning Bohemia.

In 1962, Labassa's migrant families were about to move on when a new generation of young, free-spirited singles discovered Labassa's shabby chic charm. Some were 17-year-old students, creatives from the ABC's TV studios at Ripponlea and artists who heard it was a haven for the avant-garde.

Labassa
Labassa residents


Residents in the 60s called themselves beatniks, drank claret and listened to cool jazz. Later arrivals were called bohemians, freaks and hippies. They made art, rode motorbikes up and down the stairs and partied until dawn.

Labassa
Labassa Residents


The mid-70s brought another wave of young residents. Overnight people went from cheesecloth to studded leather, Beatles to Buzzcocks, beards to short spiky hair. Punk had arrived.

To adhere to COVID-19 regulations of health and safety and to provide the visitors with attention and focus, the Burgeoning Bohemia event consists of timed sessions. However, you are free to linger. But please book your spot at Eventbrite and arrive about 15 minutes prior to your session.

Organisers, volunteers and even former residents of Labassa are looking forward to meeting you and sharing the beauty, the mystery and the intrigue of the place.
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Why? Burgeoning Bohemia at Labassa
When: from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 2 Manor Grove Caulfield North, VIC 3161
Cost: $16.58 adults and $13.49 concession
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