Blundells Cottage, Canberra

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Blundells Cottage is a six-roomed stone cottage located on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, in Canberra, Australia. When it was built this was the Molonglo River floodplain.
It was built by George P. Campbell in about 1858 for his ploughman William Ginn. Ginn lived there with his family until 1874 and then Flora and George Blundell moved in and remained there until about 1933. Flora was a midwife and George a bullock driver for Campbell. In 1913 the Duntroon estate was acquired by the Commonwealth to form part of the new Federal Capital Territory, although the Blundells continued to live there. Then Harry and Alice Oldfield moved to the cottage in 1933.
After Alice Oldfield left the cottage in 1958, the cottage was planned to be demolished. However Sir William Holford proposed that the cottage be kept as a museum. The National Capital Development Commission renovated the cottage and it was managed as a museum by the Canberra and District Historic Society until 1990. The National Capital Authority manages Blundells Cottage as a museum open to the public.
Blundells Cottage is significant, being one of the few stone buildings of its type to have survived intact in the Australian Capital Territory. It is important for the way it reflects a way of life on a nineteenth-century agricultural estate.
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  • This cute little cottage was built before the city of Canberra was developed and has plenty of history. A pity it isn't open for longer hours. We were unlucky to visit when closed but would've loved t...  more »
  • Ok so it is a guided experience but there still needs to be some interpretation such as labels somewhere. Has some interesting features such as a painted hessian ceiling in one of the rooms but genera...  more »
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  • Yep. Pretty nice park x the kids. It's small but has some enjoyable games and "rides". Something that drew my attention was the hydraulic bar lift. My children were amazed by it. Recommended!
  • Beautiful to visit. Shame its not open every weekend for visits and story telling. Its an important property for Canberra. It was built well before Canberra existed. Check it out.

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