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“See what Canberra was like before Canberra!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Blundells' Cottage

Blundells' Cottage
Ranked #90 of 213 things to do in Canberra
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Sydney
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“See what Canberra was like before Canberra!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

My previous visit to Blundell's Cottage must have been in the mid-1960s, so I wanted to see how it is now presented to visitors. I arrived about 3.30pm on a warm sunny Saturday aftrennon, driving along Wendouree Drive from Kings Avenue past picnicking families and a large wedding party at The Carilion. I was able to park under a tree outside and walked around to the front entrance through the delightful garden setting of drought-tolerant trees and other plants. Inside I was greeted by Natalie, the guide who had recently graduated in heritage studies from the University of Canberra. She provided very interesting information on the history of the place, then I wandered through the rooms which are furnished mostly with items from the period 1880s to 1910. A few items are directly provenanced to the Blundell family or to the Campbells for whom the Bludells were tenant farmers on the Limestone Plains beside the Molonglo River long before Canberra became the site for the nation's capital city. Relatively little remains of Canberra's early non-indigenous heritage, so it is fortunate that Blundell's Cottage survives and is so well presented. Admission is free and it's definitely worth a visit.

Visited February 2012
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“Blundells' Cottage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

A chance to see what Canberra's earlier inhabitants lived like.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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“A little bit of history”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

Its really part of any walk along the lake shore, and a hint of what the early settlers experienced.

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Canberra, Australia
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“A very small exhibition”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

This cottage stands in a very pretty setting beside Lake Burley Griffin. It's ideal to take children through as an example of an old style schoolroom. It will take very little time. You should include something else to see in your day.

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