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ACT Branch: A visit to the Director’s residence and garden, Mt Stromlo

5 May 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEST

Many see Mount Stromlo as a place for science, but it was also a home to many people over the last 100 years.

Originally known as Observatory House, the Director’s Residence was completed in 1928 to accommodate the Director of Mount Stromlo and family. The building was designed by the Supervising Architect for the Federal Capital Territory, Henry Maitland Rolland, with substantial input from the founding Director Walter Geoffrey Duffield and his wife Doris. Seven  observatory Directors and several others lived in the Residence before it was severely damaged in the firestorm of January 2003.

The Director’s Residence was once the social heart of Mount Stromlo. The immaculate grounds hosted parties, functions for visiting dignitaries, and other special events. The landscape was primarily in the European domestic style with large established trees, manicured lawns, a formal patio, rose garden, orchard, arbour and even a croquet lawn.

Following the 2003 fires, most of the landscape features and plantings were destroyed. The damaged residence has now been stabilised, and the garden restored, so that what you see now is a modern interpretation of the original landscape, taking inspiration from recorded memories and historic images of the site.

As part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, join ANU Heritage Adviser Amy Jarvis in a walk around the Observatory, as well as to the Residence and its restored gardens and orchard.

Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

A joint event of AGHS ACT Monaro Riverina and the National Trust ACT.

Cost: $15 – including refreshments.

Bookings: are essential through TryBooking ( You may pay by debit or credit card. Bookings OPEN on Wednesday 13 March. Unfortunately, numbers for the event are very limited.

Inquiries: Nancy Clarke – / 0423 690 626.


5 May 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
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