His­toric Ful­ham gar­dens to open

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The gar­dens at Bal­moral’s his­toric Ful­ham Sta­tion will open to the pub­lic on Novem­ber 5 to help raise money for a Bal­moral Court­house Restora­tion Fund.

The Sun­day event, on Wal­cott Road off Na­timuk-hamil­ton Road, Kanag­ulk, about 13 kilo­me­tres from Bal­moral, will open from 10am to 4pm. Pa­trons will pay $5 to visit the gar­dens and Bal­moral Golf Club will have light re­fresh­ments avail­able.

Fran­cis De­sailly set­tled the prop­erty in 1840 on be­half of English ab­sen­tee land­lord Sir John Owen.

Ge­orge Army­tage, who bought the 65,000acre prop­erty for his son Charles, built the homestead and sur­round­ing build­ings in 1846.

Some tim­ber slab out­build­ings have been de­mol­ished, but 13 heritage-listed struc­tures re­main on the His­toric Build­ings registry. The Na­tional Trust has clas­si­fied the homestead as a sig­nif­i­cant ex­am­ple of early colo­nial con­struc­tion.

Charles Army­tage and wife Caroline moved to Ful­ham in 1856 be­fore buy­ing Como in Mel­bourne in 1864. The fam­ily owned Ful­ham for 102 years.

The ex­ten­sive gar­den of about 3.5 acres was largely de­mol­ished in 1950 but has been re­de­vel­oped in stages and now fea­tures more than 100 va­ri­eties of roses, na­tive plants that at­tract na­tive wildlife and mixed peren­nial flower beds.

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