Tuesday 25 August 2015


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 Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the  Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. oh my, such grandeur. What an amazing estate and I love that it survived the assault of suburbia. It seems to be in excellent shape and the grounds seem well kept. Looks like a lovely place to visit. The trees and bushes are abundant and varied. Lovely pictures, Nick ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  2. What a beautiful building and gardens. Thankfully it has been preserved and lovingly looked after for all to appreciate.

  3. This looks like a fascinating place.
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/bennett-place-bit-of-history.html

  4. What a pretty garden and estate. The gardens, pond, bridge and gazebo are lovely. Beautiful tour! Have a happy day!

  5. Wonderful photo tour of a beautiful garden and estate!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  6. Such a gorgeous estate with wonderful trees and gardens!

  7. I have been to many weddings, bar mitzvahs and other social events at Ripponlea and it really is gorgeous. In summer, the drink waiters go outside so that the guests can wander around in the surrounding gardens.

  8. One of my favourite spots in Melbourne Nick.

  9. Wow, what gorgeous gardens. Great serie you posted here! Should be very nice to stroll round overthere.
    Found you by 'ourworldtuesdaymeme' (my contribution: http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be/2015/08/music-is-my-first-love.html)
    Enjoy life!
    Greetings from Belgium, Hilde

  10. looks very exotic with the bamboo trees and palms. Loved to see it!


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