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Early beginningsWurundjeri history along Wirribi Yaluk, known today as Werribee River, dates back over 40,000 years. Acknowledged cultural heritage sites with the riverine area along the boundary of Werribee Park provide an insight into the Kurung Jang Balluk clan and their harmonious relationship with mother earth.
Thomas and Andrew Chirnside, leaders of the Victorian squattocracy, arrived in Australia in 1838 and 1841 respectively. Armed with determination and motivated by their family motto ‘Do or die’, the brothers set about creating a vast pastoral empire. Werribee Park Mansion is testament to their successful business venture while offering visitor of today an insight into a bygone era.
The exquisite 60-room Italianate Mansion is Victoria’s largest and most elaborate private residence. Taking three years to build it was completed in 1877 and remained within the Chirnside family until 1922.
Initially purchased by Philip Lock, a self-made wealth grazier from Warrnambool, it was sold again a year later to the Roman Catholic Bishops of Australia for development as a seminary.
Werribee Park became home to Corpus Christi College, a training ground for young men seeking to enter the priesthood in the Dioceses of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sandhurst, Sale and Hobart, for fifty years.
The full training course required eight years of full-time study in arts, philosophy and theology. Until 1959 all eight years of study were completed at Werribee Park As trainee numbers increased a second college was built at Glen Waverley, now the Victoria Police Academy, enabling students to undertake their first four years of philosophy at Werribee Park and their second four in theology at Glen Waverley.
During its occupation Werribee Park the Catholic Church added several wings, two of which have been converted into the Mansion Hotel.
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13 Nov 2013
The Melbourne Tramways Band is in their 74th annual recital season with free monthly concerts to be presented between 2.30pm – 4.30pm (weather permitting) at the open air bandstand in Wattle Park in Burwood from November to April. The dates for upcoming Tramways Band recitals are 15 December 2013, 16…