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“A must see homestead”
Review of Ellensbrook

Ellensbrook
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Owner description: In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865. Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building. The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.
Berry, Australia
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“A must see homestead”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Despite being "open" there was no one there, but really, you only have to walk around the property and read the story boards to get all you need out of the visit. I loved the walk up to the pool and read the Aboriginal legend of it being the place where the moon goes to bathe. It makes you weep to think that thousands of years of Aboriginal occupation has been wiped out in two hundred short years. The Bussells were good people and did what they could for the local Aboriginies, but it is still a place tinged with sadness. Go, look, think and enjoy!

Visited July 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

In all the years we have visited the South West, we didn’t even know Ellensbrook Homestead existed.

We enjoyed our afternoon visiting the old homestead and learning about the Bussel family, their life and how the cottage was built. The caretakers of the cottage are knowledgeable and friendly; a gold coin donation is required to enter.

It was devastating to see how close the bush fires got to this property, however enlightening to find it didn’t affect the homestead.

Visited June 2012
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Fremantle
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“Great spot for a picnic”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

A lovely little place tucked away beside a babbling brook. It's a great place to spend some time with family or friends having a picnic; or just take a look around at the very first home ever built in this region.

Visited November 2011
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Perth, Australia
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“Always a charming place to visit”
Reviewed November 7, 2011

Our last visit to Ellensbrook was in July 2009 and as always it didn't disappoint. This National Trust listed property is always beautifully kept and, even after several visits, I always find something I missed beforehand when looking through the cottage. The walk to the waterfall is beautiful too. A photographers paradise in winter/spring when the stream is in full flow and everything is green and lush.

Visited December 2010
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