On Tuesday, men from Diamond Creek OM:NI visited Ellis Cottage just north east of Diamond Creek. The cottage was built out of uncut local stone circa 1885 by William Ellis, who with his nephew Nathaniel Ellis, established a model farm on 150 acres on the site now known as Ellis Park.
In 1850 William Ellis purchased a large portion of land between Diamond Creek East and Wattle Glen. A successful farmer and businessman, Ellis also purchased land in Yarra Glen, Diamond Creek, Woodstock and Greensborough.
The cottage and grounds houses the Nillumbik Historical Society’s collection of historic photographs and documents of pioneering families from the area.
Unfortunately Daryl was unable to obtain the recipe for the delicious scones we had for morning tea.
An enjoyable final meeting for the year followed by a BBQ.
Phillip and Les
Ron at Work
Arise Sir Tom
Anointing of the Rose Petals
Sir Tom and Kel the wise
A very enjoyable visit to the Old Treasury Building was had by OMNI men on the third Tuesday of the month ( 30 August ).Built in 1858-1862 it was a product of the 1850’s gold rush. Built in the Renaissance Revival style from Sandstone from Bacchus Marsh and Bluestone mined from Footscray.
The architect was John James Clark, a 19 year old immigrant from Liverpool who also designed Government House, the Royal Mint, City Baths and the Queen Victoria Women’s Hospital.
Tour conductor Lynne explains the Welcome Stranger gold nugget ( 97.14 kg )
St. Francis church ( Cnr Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets ) by J. Atwood circa 1854
Chief penguin makes his protest
Chief penguin passes the pennant
Off to Chinatown for lunch