Airtourer Association End of Year Function

25-26 Nov 2017

Historic KYNETON

Saturday morning arrivals at KTN where fuel is available. Morning tea will also be on hand.

  • 1200 transport departs for a short journey into town to your Motel after which we will be spending some time at the historic house St Agnes. The property is still a family home and is not open to visitors but we will be treated with a walking tour around the outside of the house, stables and gardens. This will be followed by a catered light lunch in the grounds. Price TBA
  • St. Agnes was part of a vast area squatted on during the 1830’s it is steeped in history, as it goes back to the first settlement of the area. Mr. Richard Wedge arrived in the district in1835, and took up the land which included St Agnes Station in 1838. By 1850 St Agnes station “comprised all the country lying between the Campaspe and Coliban Rivers, from Carlesruhe to Malmsbury, it was a vast holding!
    A small hamlet grew around the homestead of Edward Argyle who had built Rock House on the hill behind. It is still called ‘St Agnes Hill ‘and predated the township of Kyneton which was established on the other side of the river. Edward’s son, later became Sir Stanley Argyle, Premier of Victoria. St Agnes homestead also prospered, as it lay on the route to the goldfields in Bendigo and the diggers were supplied with meat and grain. There are still old bluestone Mills,Ward’sMill and Degraves Mill in the area.
    During the 1870’s, a splendid formal wing was added on a grand scale with all the features found in a Victorian home of the era. There were high ceilings, deep bay windows, elaborate cornices and ceiling roses,marble fireplaces, cedar doors and beautifully executed graining on doors, windows and skirtings. The verandahs had lacework and the facades had beautiful tuck-pointing. A huge 2 room cellar included an area for hanging meat,a wine store and 4 inch thick slate bench to keep diary products cool.
    The two storey 25 square brick stables were built in the 1870’s with three stalls for carriage horses and a stallion stall, as well as a tack room with a fireplace to keep the saddles warm! The extensive lofts were once used to store hay with trapdoors to drop the hay straight in to the stalls below. A huge cobbled courtyard is enclosed by a brick fence and a delightful small outbuilding was used for doves.
  • 1500 transport will take us back into Kyneton for a walking tour of the numerous fine buildings in the town, including a Hotel stop for refreshments. Tour maps will be provided.
    Be prepared with adequate foot ware and clothing for this tour. Transport will also return anyone not wishing to walk to the Motel.
  • 1900 dinner at The Parkland, 37c Piper St. A casual dining experience with bar. Order and pay as you go.
  • 0900 Sunday Morning group breakfast. Order and pay as you go.

Accommodation has been reserved at the Central Highlands Motor Inn which will be held until one month prior to the event i.e. 25 October, after which rooms will be let go.

Central Highlands Motor Inn

104 High Street Kyneton, VIC 3444
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