Blundell's Cottage Canberra
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Blundell's Cottage Museum On Lake Burley Griffin
Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Blundells Cottage was built in 1860 on the banks of the then Molonglo River. The cottage was built for share farmers as part of the Duntroon Estate by Robert Campbell.
Blundell's Cottage is one of the last remaining buildings from it's time in Canberra and was saved from being demolished when Lake Burley Griffin was being constructed. Blundell's Cottage is now a hands on museum operated by the National Capital Authority.
Blundells Cottage Museum is open Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 11.30am and 12.00pm - 4.00pm.
One of the most fascination attractions on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra is the small, historically significant stone house, known as Blundell's Cottage.
This is a remarkable structure as it not only dates back to 1860, it is perhaps the last remaining building of that time along the banks of what was once the mighty Molonglo River.
Part of the 32,000 acre Duntroon Estate, a successful and thriving agriculture business owned by Robert Campbell, the cottage gained it's name from share farmer George Blundell and his wife Flora, who lived in the cottage from 1874 until his death in 1933.
Blundell's Cottage holds pride of place in the Limestone Plains history and today is a popular hands on museum that is open to the public Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 11.30am and 12.00pm - 4.00pm. Entry is now free.
How Do I Get To Blundells Cottage?
From Canberra city centre, Take Parkes Way toward the War Memorial and turn left into Anzac Avenue. Turn Right into Constitution Avenue then turn right again at Wendoree Drive, which leads to Blundell's Cottage and the Canberra Carillion.
Free parking is available at the rear of the cottage, which also gives great views of the lake and surrounding parklands.
Now I have to mention the ghosts, simply because no story is complete without a good mystery. It has been said that a young girls ghost roams the rooms and garden of Blundell's cottage at night. Is it true? Is it really the ghost of young Florrie Blundell, the daughter of George and Flora who accidentally died in 1892 at the age of just 16?
Now if somebody could stay the night, perhaps they could talk to this young ghost and find out her story. But sorry, the cottage is only open for a couple of days a week during daylight. But if you do hang around at night, who knows? Florrie might come into the garden for a chat.
Then again it may be just another story and if your seen lurking around the cottage late at night, the security guards or police will probably scare you off, much more so than any old ghost.
One thing I do know about Blundell's Cottage. It's well worth a visit, as it is a glimpse into Canberra's past history.