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History

A Brief History Lesson

  • 1849

    Overnewton castle was built by William Taylor. The Scotsman bought 13,000 acres of rich grazing land just west of the Keilor township. Taylor built a simple single story bluestone colonial style homestead. 

  • 1850

    Keilor became an important and busy stopover for travelers on their way to the Victorian Goldfields. This included the building of 2 schools, a new bridge and a new hotel.

  • 1859

    William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland and set about turning the functional colonial homestead into a miniature Scottish Baronial Castle.

  • 1903

    William Taylor passed away at age 85. Six months later his wife Helen aged 71 passed away. Their eldest son William Henry continued to manage the estate. 

  • 1939

    William Henry passed away aged 81 and his wife Beatrice in 1948. The estate remaind in the Taylor family untill 1959

  • 1959

    The Carr Family purchased Overnewton who raised their three children on the property using part of it as a family home and the downstairs rooms were used as a wedding reception centre.

  • 1975

    Dr. L. J. Norton purchased Overnewton Estate to raise his own family on the property.Dr Norton purchased back 6 acres of land which included a dry stone wall and some of the original outbuildings.

  • 1980

    Fire burnt the old timber stables. 

  • 2002

    The Main Dining Room was built. 

  • 1849

    Overnewton castle was built by William Taylor. The Scotsman bought 13,000 acres of rich grazing land just west of the Keilor township. Taylor built a simple single story bluestone colonial style homestead. 

  • 1850

    Keilor became an important and busy stopover for travelers on their way to the Victorian Goldfields. This included the building of 2 schools, a new bridge and a new hotel.

  • 1859

    William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland and set about turning the functional colonial homestead into a miniature Scottish Baronial Castle.

  • 1903

    William Taylor passed away at age 85. Six months later his wife Helen aged 71 passed away. Their eldest son William Henry continued to manage the estate. 

  • 1939

    William Henry passed away aged 81 and his wife Beatrice in 1948. The estate remaind in the Taylor family untill 1959

  • 1959

    The Carr Family purchased Overnewton who raised their three children on the property using part of it as a family home and the downstairs rooms were used as a wedding reception centre.

  • 1975

    Dr. L. J. Norton purchased Overnewton Estate to raise his own family on the property.Dr Norton purchased back 6 acres of land which included a dry stone wall and some of the original outbuildings.

  • 1980

    Fire burnt the old timber stables. 

  • 2002

    The Main Dining Room was built. 

Overnewton castle was built by William Taylor in 1849. The Scotsman bought 13,000 acres of rich grazing land just west of the Keilor township. Taylor built a simple single story bluestone colonial style homestead. This consisted of 6 rooms with large shuttered windows and wide verandahs. The homestead was positioned on a gentle slope overlooking Keilor and afforded extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

During the 1850’s Keilor became an important and busy stopover for travelers on their way to the Victorian Goldfields. This included the building of 2 schools, a new bridge and a new hotel.

It was not until William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland in 1859 that the grandeure of his dreams became apparent. He set about turning the functional colonial homestead into a miniature Scottish Baronial Castle. The Stately two- storyied wing was added, along with the blue stone Dairy & Butcher Shop and the Private Billiard room now used as a chapel for wedding ceremonies.

Overnewton is built in the Victorian Tudor style, inspired by 16th century English & Scottish architecture. The Scottish baronial style is characterised by its rough textured masonary, steeped pitched roofs and overhanging battlement corner turrets. The candle snuffer roofs show the influence of the French architecture. The bluestone walls were quarried on the estate and rendered with a yellow gravel and stucco finish. Above the large windows of the master bedroom is the Taylor family crest – a mailed arm and fist enclosing a dagger and the motto “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful) and above several other windows are the carved initals of HT, T 1859 and WT.

After the completion of this wing the homestead consisted of over 35 rooms including 7 bedrooms (the master room included a small circular room and a dressing room) schoolroom, library, drawing room, 2 kitchens, 5 servants rooms and the Billiard room. There are still many original features such as tiles in the bathrooms, claw foot bath and the old IXL wood stove in the kitchen. Several out buildings on the estate include a bluestone butchery and dairy, lamp room, bootroom, coachhouse, stables, woolshed, shearing sheds and machine shed.

William Taylor passed away in 1903 aged 85 and six months latter is wife Helen aged 71 passed away. Their eldest son William Henry continued to manage the estate untill he passed away in 1939 aged 81 and his wife Beatrice in 1948. The estate remaind in the Taylor family untill 1959.

The Carr Family purchased Overnewton in 1959. They raised their three children on the property using part of it as a family home and the downstairs rooms were used as a wedding reception centre.

In 1975 Dr. L. J. Norton purchased Overnewton Estate to raise his own family on the property. Since then there has been many upgrades and changes to the property including mains water in 1976, a fire in 1980 burnt the old timber stables. Dr Norton purchased back 6 acres of land which included a dry stone wall and some of the original outbuildings.

The years have been kind to Overnewton, today it remains much then same as when it was originaly built. Hidden away amongst the old trees, it has seen many changes throughout the years. Gone are the days of horse and carriages, gas light and servants, but the old world grace and charm along with the elegance, grandeur and atmosphere of a bygone era still remain. Having been restored over the years and an elegant dining room added to the estate this is definatley a hidden treasure.

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Upcoming Public Events

High Tea: $60.00 per person (Mothers Day $70pp)

Historical Tour: $15 per person

 

Calendar of Events 2017 

  • May Sunday 14th Mothers Day Breakfast 9am till 11am @ $50 per adult and $30 per child under 12yo BOOKED OUT
  • May Sunday 14th Mothers Day High Tea 1pm till 3pm $70 per adult and $40 per child under 12yo BOOKED OUT
  • June Sunday 4thHigh Tea 1pm till 3pm Historical tour 11am @ $15pp
  • July Sunday 2ndHigh Tea 1pm till 3pm Historical tour 11am @ $15pp
  • August Sunday 6th High Tea 1pm till 3pm Historical tour 11am @ $15pp
  • September Sunday 3rdHigh Tea 1pm till 3pm Historical tour 11am @ $15pp
  • September Wednesday 27thSuperhero & Fairytale School Holiday High Tea $40 adults $30 children @ 11am till 1pm
  • October Sunday 1st – High Tea 1pm till 3pm Historical Tour 11am @ $15pp
  • November Sunday 5thMad Hatters High tea 1pm till 3pm $70pp Historical Tour 11am @ $15pp
  • December Sunday 3rd High tea 1pm till 3pm Historical Tour 11am @ $15pp
  • December Saturday 23rd – High tea 1pm till 3pm

 

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Kids @ the Castle Day

October Sunday 30th 2016 – Kids @ the Castle 10am-3pm

bookings through try booking here is the link for bookings https://www.trybooking.com/KHFS

A whimsical day out at Overnewton Castle; dress as your favourite character and come enjoy the rides, storytelling, mini zoo, jumping castles, pony rides and much more on offer on this special day out!

Children love the thought of going to a Castle for a fun day out, many are so intrigued in the Castle itself that they don’t get around to all the other activities available.

Be sure to pack a picnic or buy one on the day, there is plenty of space on the four and a half acres of property to lay your picnic blanket and enjoy such a great day out.

Overnewton Castle has found the children’s days to be very popular birthday celebrations, as a wide variety of entertainment is available in the one location. So if your child’s birthday is near this date why not bring all their friends and share the magic with them as well.

 

10am till 3pm

$12.50 per person

Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Rd Keilor
Melbourne, Victoria 3036

info@overnewtoncastle.com.au

9331 6367

 

Getting Here:

If you are driving it’s very easy; we are just off the Calder Freeway about a 15 minute drive north of the CBD. There is no vehicle access onto Overnewton Close or the property so first in best dressed with the parking down Overnewton road and in the adjacent carpark area.

Public transport; best train stop is Watergardens and a bus from there to the end of Overnewton rd, then its around a 5 minute stroll up the road to the Castle.

Tours

We are currently taking bookings for Historical Tours thorughout the 36 rooms of the Castle hosted by the ‘Master of the House’ on the first sunday of every month. Tour start at 11am and runs for approx 1.5hrs. Limited numbers are available $15pp and must be paid in full upon reservation. Please call the office to book on 9331 6367 we are also open on these dates for High Tea.

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