One of the very first things I saw when I approached Riversdale was a horse water trough that was hand chiseled by a convict. These hand carving showed the start of Australia’s history. Riversdale is one of Australia’s oldest Colonial Georgian buildings and is full of a rich and vibrant history. This restored house is situated out in Goulburn in rural New South Wales, Australia. The National Trust purchased this house back in 1967 and have dedicated their time to restoring this magnificent house.
This beauty was built back in the 1830’s as a Coaching Inn by convicts. After the Inn’s life had expired, Edward Twynam, the Surveyor General (New South Wales) and his family bought this house in 1875. Edward and his family owned this house for almost 100 years. If you think about how old Australia is than that is pretty amazing.
The inside of this restored Inn has a beautiful collection of fine Australian colonial furniture, arts and craft collectible, intricate wood carvings and impressive embroidered panel designs by Emily Rose Twynam.
Inside the dining room
In 1893, Emily won the prize for her embroidery at the Chicago International Exhibition; you can view this beauty inside the house.
Inside the living room
Today Riversdale still stands with its original paddocks and outbuildings with some of the most beautiful gardens in the surrounding land. You can stroll through these gardens and even have a picnic out on the lawn. Stroll through the winding paths and smell the beautiful flowers. Keep an eye out for the kookaburras that live in the garden. You can hear their laughs anywhere in Riversdale!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 10am – 2pm
Sunday- 10am – 3pm
Please note that Riversdale is closed in July.
National Trust members and children under 10 are free.
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