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Werribee Mansion

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by Michelle Keller (subscribe)
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Published January 26th 2015
Ghosts of Werribee
Thirty minutes drive from Melbourne CBD, at the end of a dusty driveway and surrounded by Australian bush is a green oasis cradling a glorious sandstone mansion. Welcome to Werribee Mansion.

Werribee Mansion
The Impressive Werribee Mansion

Completed in 1877 by Scottish pioneering brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside, the finest materials and expertise were used to build the mansion over a period of three years. The Chirnside brothers made their money from the growth of their pastoral empire. Thomas married his first cousin Mary and bought her home to Australia (against the wishes of her family). He wanted her to live in 'a home of stature and serenity unrivalled in Victoria'. Inside, 60 stunning rooms lavishly decorated, lay testament to his dream.

Werribee Mansion Inside
Werribee Mansion Inside

Thomas and Andrew passed away within three years of each other and the park was left to Andrew's two youngest sons, George and John Percy. Mary died from a terrible accident in 1908 when her hair caught alight from a bedside candle - her ghost has been said to haunt the mansion.

The boys divided the property with George overseeing the mansion and surrounding land, however he was never quite able to return the same profits his father and uncle had, and the mansion and park changed hands in 1922.

It was purchased by a wealthy grazier from Warnambool before being sold again a year later to the Roman Catholic Bishops of Australia where it was turned into a seminary.

Currently owned by the Victorian Government, Werribee Mansion has been lovingly restored so that you can take a step back in time. Make sure you check out the beautiful gardens surrounding the mansion too!

Werribee Mansion gardens
And some of the stunning mansion gardens
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Why? For lovers of Australian history, ghost hunters or a day out of the city
When: For opening times, head to the website
Phone: 13 1963
Where: K Road, Werribee, Victoria
Cost: For entry pricing, head to the website
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