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A black and white photograph from 1920 that shows a nurse standing on the verandah of Bundoora Homestead Convalescent Farm.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre semicircle stain-glass window that displays ornate yellow sunflowers and red poppies amongst a red, orange and green curved pattern.
The outside view of Bundoora Homestead, a two story Queen Anne style mansion that is red brick, with green and white painted balcony and eaves.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre stain-glass ceiling that displays an ornate floral and geometric pattern in reds, greens and yellows.
A black and white photograph from 1920 that shows a nurse sitting on the balcony of Bundoora Homestead Convalescent Farm observing a lush garden vista.
A black and white photograph from 1920 that shows a nurse standing on the verandah of Bundoora Homestead Convalescent Farm.

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

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Sydney Herbert Wilson 1899

Description

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is the public art gallery for Darebin and the home of visual arts in the municipality.

The gallery is housed in a magnificent Queen Anne-style Federation mansion, built in 1900 by the Smith Family on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people. In 1920 JVM Smith sold Bundoora Park to the Commonwealth Government and over the next 70 years, the building was used as a convalescent farm for returned war veterans and a mental repatriation hospital until decommission in 1993.

In 2001, with the help of La Trobe University and the Commonwealth Government, Darebin City Council restored Bundoora Homestead and opened it to the community as an arts and cultural space. The house and gardens are registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust.

What's On

Join us for these guided history tours and learn about Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and the land on which it was built, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung country. Hear the stories that shaped this iconic Queen Anne-style mansion, from its first era as a private family home and stables, to its rebirth as a repatriation mental health hospital for returned servicemen, and its final reimagining as a community art gallery. Following the tour, you are welcome to stay and wander through the gardens, explore the current art exhibition or enjoy a snack or drink at the café.

Children's Activities

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre welcomes families, with regular children's events. We offer a drawing nook, family bookshelf and colouring sheets upon request in the café, which hosts a kid friendly menu that will be available during Open House Melbourne. 

Images: (1) Bundoora Convalescent Farm c. 1920s. Photo: courtesy of Australian War Memorial. (2) Bundoora Homestead Art Centre stained glass window in 2017. Photo: Love Katie and Sarah. (3 & 4) Bundoora Homestead Art Centre 2023. Photo: courtesy of Darebin City Council. (5) Bundoora Convalescent Farm c. 1920s. Photo: courtesy of Australian War Memorial. (6) Bundoora Convalescent Farm c. 1920s. Photo: courtesy of Australian War Memorial.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Open access 10am-4pm
Tours run 11am + 2pm
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 25

No bookings required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet on the ground floor of Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

No flash photography allowed

ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access

Location

7 Prospect Hill Dr, Bundoora VIC 3083

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