Beleura | House & Garden
Beleura is an exceptional place. The Tallis Family Summer House for many decades and from 1950 John Tallis' home, it houses an amazing collection of items. When John Tallis died in 1996 he left his house Beleura at Mornington to the people of Victoria, requesting it become a house museum.
In November 2004 his dream was realised and Beleura is now open to the public in the way he wished, by appointment and with visitors being welcomed as guests.
Beleura at Mornington, erected in 1863 for James Butchart, was bequeathed to the people of Victoria by Jack Morton Tallis as a place of historic and educational interest. Beleura and its land, acquired by Sir George Tallis 1869 1948 and Lady Tallis in 1916 and from 1950 the home of Jack Morton Tallis 1911 - 1996 is deemed of national significance.
The gardens retain elements of an earlier pre 1900 garden. Commencing in 1952 Jack Morton Tallis overlaid his parents' garden with a romantic, idiosyncratic version of an Italian garden.
The contents provenced to members of the Tallis Family, are of major significance for the depth of their completeness and include furniture, fine and decorative art, soft furnishings, books, photographs, domestic goods, theatrical memorabilia, items of gentlemen' apparel and general household paraphernalia. It is the intention of the Trustees appointed by Jack Morton Tallis to maintain this condition of things and to make Beleura and its gardens and contents available to the people of Victoria as a place of historic and educational interest.
Beleura the House & Garden is the legacy of Jack Morton Tallis, who left his estate to the people of Victoria for their education and enjoyment.
Guided tours are available for individuals and groups on selected days throughout the year.
On the day of the appointed visit, visitors will be collected from a nearby location. Visitors are transferred to the Beleura in a courtesy bus. This arrangement adds a little mystery to your visit which we know you will enjoy. All tickets are prepaid, tea/coffee and shortbread are served to guests on arrival and a light lunch is served between the house & garden tours. From the time we meet you with the bus to the time of return to the car park your tour will take approximately four and a half hours.
To visit please telephone: 03 5975 2027
Beleura the House & Garden, PO Box 1198, Mornington, Victoria, 3931 Australia
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Beleura | House & Garden
→ La Trobe's Cottage
❊ Also See... ❊
→ National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
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