Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Located only 20 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, Rippon Lea Estate is one of the last of Australia’s grand suburban estates. It is a grand property that is National Heritage listed and a visit there is like peeking through a window that allows you to travel back in time and offers a unique glimpse into the lifestyles of the wealthiest Australians of the Victorian era.

Rippon Lea Estate consists of a lavish urban mansion, a large garden, orchard and associated outbuildings (including the stable complex, the lodge, the conservatory and glasshouses, the fernery, the porte-cochere, the 1930s swimming pool, and the 1930s ballroom). The property has integrity as an uncommonly large and intact suburban estate, which survived subdivision and encroachment by suburbia.

In 1868, Marian and Frederick Sargood bought 11.3 hectares (23 acres) of scrub land at Elsternwick, naming it after Frederick’s mother Emma Rippon (Lea is an old English word for meadow). Frederick had arrived in the colony as a 15 year old, first working for the Public Works Department and then joining his father’s expanding clothing and drapery importing firm which supplied soft goods to the diggers. Like many of the merchants active during the gold rush, Sargood made his fortune and Rippon Lea was the result of his newfound prosperity.

This post is part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
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  1. What a beautiful place and lovely photos ~

    A ShutterBug Explores
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  2. What an absolutely gorgeous home! Thank you for sharing! The architechture is just beyond fantastic!

  3. That's a gorgeous building. It's what I imagine grand English homes with lavish grounds look like when I read British-based Victorian novels.

  4. That is one magnificent home


  5. Wow - what an incredible place! Imagine living there back in the day. Wonderful photos you've shared.

  6. I have been to a number of different receptions at Rippon Lea over the years and particularly love it in summer. The glass house is a bit small, but the large garden, orchard and pool are perfect for weddings etc.

  7. ow wow how beautiful that looks... one should be rich to be able to pay for it ;-0

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)


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