Narryna and Markree heritage locations

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Narryna Heritage Museum

Ian had wanted to stroll around Battery Point which adjoins the Salamaca Market.  That suited me just fine.  Battery Point is an area of historic and valuable houses.  Some were amazingly picturesque.  What a place to live.  We were searching for Markree at 145 Hampden Road.   We were soon able to find Hampden Road and kept our eyes on the ever increasing house numbers.  Before we reached Markree we came across Narryna at 103 Hampden Road.  This is a Greek Revival Town House which is open for public viewing.  It was built in the late 1830’s.   In 1955 Narryna became Australia’s first folk museum.  It was most interesting and we encourage anyone who is interested in Australian social history to visit the museum. Whilst there we saw a penny farthing and ladies underwear that had no crotch – amongst other things of course.

Narryna is well worth a visit Narryna
The dolls house at Narryna Dolls house at Narryna










It cost $10 to enter and is open daily apart from Mondays.  A very helpful volunteer gave us a lot of verbal information about the place.  Sadly there was no paperwork to take home with us.  We mentioned to her that we were looking for Markree and had only stumbled across Narryna by accident.  She told us that Markree was only open by appointment.  She must have seen the disappointment on our faces because she kindly rang Markree on our behalf and an equally lovely person the other end said they would stay open for us in the afternoon if we wanted to see the place.  We were thankful.


Lunch at Battery Point

It was great to have stretched our legs but exercise makes you want to eat.  We came across a place called Jackman and McRoss Bakery in Hampden Road.  It was busy which we thought was a good sign.  We smartly found ourselves a window table for two and tried to make our choice for lunch.  Everything in the cabinets looked spectacular.  We soon realized this was where the “in-crowd” eats their lunch.  It wasn’t until later we discovered this place is quite the tourist attraction.  It is well known for its quality food.  Ian and I chose baguettes with a side salad.  Ian had a coffee too.  At $32 it was fairly pricey we thought but it certainly did taste delicious.  We noticed it was substantially cheaper if you took the food away with you.  I noticed yummy looking cakes that cost $8 if eaten inside but $6 for take-away.  It was a very nice place to eat but not on a daily basis, unless you were wealthy.


Off we go to Markree House Museum and Garden

After lunch we walked back along Hampden Road, back past Narryna and on to Markree.  A lovely fellow gave us our own personalized guided tour of this hidden treasure for $10 each.  This man was so knowledgeable it made the visit most memorable.  He took us thoroughly through each room of the two top levels of this three storey home and then gave us a tour of the back garden.  The house was built in 1926 and the garden is regarded as a fine example of a 1920’s Arts and Crafts garden.

Markree House Markree House
The kitchen at Markree The beautifully preserved kitchen at Markree










I was most impressed by the interior walls that curved into the ceilings.  There was no cornice!  I loved that and I wondered how many of today’s ceiling fixers could do a job like that.  The curves were so beautiful and smooth.  The contents of the house were a joy to behold.  It was interesting to compare the style of the house and its contents to that of Narryna, built one hundred years earlier. 

We encourage you to visit both places.  We enjoyed both of them.


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No cornice in the ceilings at Markree - just a gracious smooth curve

No cornice used on these ceilings