The Digger's Club

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The Digger's Club maintains two historic gardens which are open to the public, one of which is listed as a national heritage site.

Gardens[edit]

Heronswood[edit]

Home of the Digger's Club, Heronswood is listed on the Register of the National Estate.[1] It is also listed in Oxford Companion to Gardens as one of only four gardens in Victoria, alongside the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Mawallock and Rippon Lea.[2]

The first law professor at Melbourne University, William Hearn, employed Edward Latrobe Bateman to design Heronswood's main house in 1866. The house, which is of an asymmetric Gothic Revival design, was completed in 1871.[3]

A cafe was added to the property in 1996, with the aim of showcasing local ingredients.[4]

The Garden of St Erth[edit]

In 1854 Matthew Rogers, a Cornish stonemason, left Sydney in pursuit of gold discovered near Mount Blackwood in Victoria. In the 1860s he built a sandstone cottage, naming it "St Erth" after his birthplace in Cornwall now restored and forming the centrepiece of the gardens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heronswood Estate (listing VIC339)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Oxford Companion to Gardens, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  3. ^ "Victorian Heritage Register listing for Heronswood House (listing RNE5799)". Australia Heritage Places Inventory. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Gough Henly, Susan (23 February 2008). "Gold digger: Susan Gough Henly samples a taste of the past with Victoria's heirloom gardeners". The Australian Online. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 

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