Step back in time at heritage estate garden party

An aerial shot of Mooramong.
An aerial shot of Mooramong.

It’s time to shake off your best vintage frock for a weekend of 1940s-inspired glamour.

The National Trust homestead of Mooramong, famed for being home to Hollywood silent film star Claire Adams, will open this Sunday for a garden party.

The magnificent 1873 Skipton residence opened in March for a pool party but is rarely open to the public.

This Sunday’s event will feature Ballarat performer Amie Brûlée and her Swinging Band for vintage tunes and a Blue Pyrenees pop-up bar set up in the gardens.

Property manager Meredith Robinson said the property was an architectural example from a time when Hollywood had just begun to influence Australia.

“The California style was emerging strong and Mooramong’s design both inside and outside mirrored this trend. Well-known Melbourne architect Marcus Martin was engaged by the Mackinnons to modernise the homestead to the glamorous one that we see today,” she said.

“The gardens and surrounding lands at Mooramong are maintained as a wildlife sanctuary central to couple’s love of nature and animals.”

The event will be held this Sunday from 12pm to 4pm, with tickets $35 for adults and $12 for children.

A return bus from Ballarat will cost $28.

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