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Eynesbury Homestead,
Eynesbury Road,


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Eynesbury Homestead,
Eynesbury Road,


A bluestone homestead comprising an 1870s two storey section with two single storey wings with bay windows added in 1880s.





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City of Werribee Heritage Study 1997 Vol. 2 Heritage Places






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The homestead comprises an 1870s two storey section, with two single storey wings with distinctive bay windows added in the 1880s. Both sections are in bluestone.  Architectural features include the windows walk, rendered quoins, fine concave verandah extending across the main facade and reflecting the form the bay windows.

The property contains a number of other buildings and structures associated with its pastoral use. Bluestone men's quarters and adjoining smokehouse are located behind the men's quarters and several metres to the east a water tank, elevated on trunk posts, remains intact. To the north-west of the house, on the drive to the shearing shed, there is a red brick building, formerly used as men's quarters and now in a deteriorated condition. Features of this building include bluestone sills, two large chimneys and a very large, broad gable roof extending into a simple straight verandah.  The shearing shed with broad hip roof and raised tree stump footings aopears intact, with several later buildings surrounding it.

A circular stone foundation has been recently noticed during an aerial survey. Its origin is not known.

The garden is also an important feature, being regarded as of state significance. The date of the garden is now known but is assumed to be from either the 1870s or 1880s.

A circular carriage drive leads to the front of the house. The front garden in enclosed by a ha-ha wall, enabling views to the surrounding landscape. This design and the use of the ha-ha wall is said to be similar to that around the 1875 homestead at Werribee Park.

Access to the property is through a Grey Box woodland, one of few areas remaining on the western plains close to Melbourne, and is part of a landscape classified by the National Trust.  The remnant Grey Box woodland has been assessed as being of regional botanical significance inthe 1987 study by Keith McDougall, Sites of Botanical Significance.

Eynesbury Homestead is built on part of the Exford run, established by Simon Staughton in the 1840s and divided amongst his sons on his death.  Samuel Thomas Staughton built the earliest two storey section of the Eynesbury Homestead in the 1870s. Samuel Staughton contributed to the community through his role on the first Road Board (1862), as a member of the Shire Council (President in 1867), as a magistrate and J.P. and finally as the elected member for Bourke from 1883 until his death in 1901.


Wyndham City Libraries, “Eynesbury Homestead,
Eynesbury Road,
Eynesbury,” Wyndham History, accessed September 28, 2022, https://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/278.


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