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* Ambleside Historic Homestead & Museum *
Ambleside Park Museum is a local history museum housed in a century old farmhouse. Two of the rooms contain displays depicting a parlor and a bedroom early in the twentieth century. The School Photograph Collection is a popular section of the museum, especially with people who have had family members attend school in Knox. Approximately 25,000 photographs are kept in this room. Other displays show aspects of the development of the area from a series of farming communities to the City of Knox. The area depended on agriculture and a large collection of farm machinery and implements are on display in the garden and in the tool shed. A two room cottage, the tool shed and the former porch of St Bartholomew's Anglican Church are part of the museum complex. AMBLESIDE PARK GARDENS Ambleside Park is located on two acres of land. Many of the trees in the gardens surrounding the house were planted in the 1870s. Behind the homestead a huge magnolia tree and an oak tree date from that period. In the front garden camelias, rhododendrons, a holly, a magnolia and a blackwood tree were planted in the 1890s when the homestead was built. Extensive work was done on the gardens in the 1950s and since the 1970s the gardens have been maintained by the local council and members of the Knox Historical Society Inc. The Ambleside Park Gardens are available for hire for weddings, wedding photographs and group picnics. Contact the Knox Historical Society Inc. for further information. Pricelist in Adobe file (26k) OPENING HOURS The Ambleside Park Museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 1pm - 4pm and at other times by appointment. On days of TOTAL FIRE BAN in the Central area, the Museum will not open RESOURCE CENTRE The Resource Centre will be closed until further notice. A limited research service will be available on Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm and Mondays from 11 am to 2 pm from the Ambleside Museum at 3 Olivebank Road Ferntree Gully 3156. Enquiries can still be made via email to [email protected] or by phone (03) 9758 6722 (usually an answering machine). If you leave a message one of our volunteers will get back to you. Open
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