Visit Calthorpes' House and step back to life in early Canberra. Not far from the city centre, this Spanish Mission Style house was built in 1927 and is a window into an almost forgotten world. This genuine survivor is a treasure house of domestic history. Original furnishings, household appliances and photos all tell a vivid story of family life in Canberra's early days.
Don't miss the Second World War bomb shelter in the backyard. Education and community programs are available. Bookings are only required for groups.
Out of the house, you can enjoy the garden that has been well tendered and the perfect spot to have a cup of tea. While you're outside, enter the air raid shelter at the back of the garden - a reminder of the threat of attack during World War Two. You can join a guided tour of the Canberra house for a comprehensive insight into its history, the time and the way Harry and Dell Calthorpe along with their two daughters Del and Dawn lived.
The delightful gardens at Calthorpes' House would not be possible without the support of the Howlong Nursery who supply the annual seedlings.
Website. Location: 24 Mugga Rd, Red Hill.