Banyule Homestead- the movie!

A promotional video by Jellis Craig for Banyule Homestead. Good to see that beautiful young woman reading Don Garden’s “Heidelberg: The Land and Its People 1838-1900″ while she reclines beside the pool. I like to think that she’s learning about the history of Banyule Homestead.

Interesting to consider the message that’s being conveyed by this video. I have spent more time than I’d like to admit looking at the other Jellis Craig videos and I’m struck by the emptiness of the houses they show. This is the only one that I’ve seen (and believe me, I’ve had enough of looking!) that actually shows a person in the house.

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2 responses to “Banyule Homestead- the movie!

  1. artandarchitecturemainly

    That anything substantial survives in Melbourne from the 1840s is amazing. Firstly we were barely colonised back then and secondly we moderns pull down every beautiful piece of important architecture that ever existed 😦 So well done!

    Do we know from architectural drawings, plans, paintings etc what colour the external walls were at the beginning? The white looks a bit harsh.

    • The walls are stuccoed. In the 1860s when they were repairing the house, they used a ‘tinted whitewash’ on the external walls. In the photographs that HHS has of Banyule that go back to about 1910 the house seems to be a whitish (or at least very light) colour.

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