Sunday, April 25, 2010


A rainy day in Canberra, went to see "Lanyon" after some research to see the remainders of the property located on Tharwa Road in Tuggeranong. Lanyon Homestead is a very special property once being the outerlimits of colonial society. If you crossed the murrumbidgee river you were in lawless territory according to the government.

Canberra Times, Friday 3 September 1926, page 7 here

The property has a long history dating back to the 1830's and leaves behind a testament of early life in the colony. Aboriginal, pioneer and early grazing and agriculture history not only for the ACT but also for Australia abounds at the homestead and surrounds. The history of Lanyon is fascinating and a great deal of information (well worth a read before visiting) can be found here or for a very detailed heritage evaluation document click here (pdf). And this is a good read (pdf)

Arial view of 'Lanyon' in 1950.
Wikipedia image (here)

The long road in today...

The homestead

Classic verandahs...

The courtyard behind the homestead...

The 1836 ships bell on top of the old kitchen was used to call the convicts to and from work.

The gardens...

The rural scenes...

Here is a link to an ABC Report about Mary Cunningham
Wikipedia has a good read here
And a great read here by Don Chambers. (pdf)

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