Lyons Cottage is located at 74 Esplanade, The Esplanade Darwin City, just across the road from Bicentennial Park. Overlooking Darwin Harbour, this simple stone cottage was constructed with locally quarried porcelanite stone, timber from Asia and slate roof tiles from England.
This colonial bungalow-style stone house, with the distinctive architectural style of British colonial dwellings, was built by Harold Edward George (Ormond) Snell in 1925. Featuring shuttered windows, you can feel a cool breeze as you walk in the building.
This building was originally known as the Cable Company Residence, as it was erected to house executives of the British Australian Telegraph Company and their families. It was seriously damaged by the Japanese bombing during WWII and in 1948, it was bought by the Lyons family and became known as Lyons Cottage.
The cottage lost its roof and the ornate plaster ceilings were damaged beyond repair during Cyclone Tracy in 1974. In 1978, this building was proclaimed a historic reserve, then was acquired by the NT Government in 1984. Lyons Cottage is now under the management of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and leased by Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation, who operates Aboriginal Bush Traders.
Open from 9am every day and closes at 4pm on weekdays and at 3pm on the weekends. Lyons Cottage features a quarterly exhibition program, a retail store and a bush tucker cafe specialising in Native Australian products by Aboriginal Bush Traders. For more information about Lyons Cottage, contact (08) 8931 6650 or visit this website.