Bundoora Homestead History Tours

Join this unique guided experience to hear the stories that shaped Bundoora.

Join us for our history tours, with monthly interchangeable themes attend one or both! This unique guided experience explores the stories that shaped Bundoora Homestead, a convalescent farm for returned servicemen and a repatriation mental hospital for over 70 years.

Theme 1: Guided History Tours: The Hospital Years 1920-1993

Ex Bundoora Repatriation Hospital staff members Rosemary Barnes and Arnold Wheeler will engage visitors with stories and facts about this multi layered site, the home of a major internationally significant medical discovery. Not to be missed!

Theme 2: Bundoora Homestead Early History: The Smith Family 1899 – 1920

Join us to learn about the first period of Bundoora Homestead’s history, the design and commissioning of this magnificent mansion. Built in 1900, Bundoora Homestead was originally a family home for John Matthew Vincent Smith, a leader in the horse breeding and racing industry. Designed by Sydney Herbert Wilson, Bundoora Homestead was a 14 room, two story mansion and an exceptional example of Queen Anne architecture. Explore the original features of this prestigious family home and learn the unique stories of this piece of local history.  


$ 10 General Admission

$ 8 Concession

Date/ Time 

Thursday 5 October | 11.30am -12.15pm | The Smith Family 1899 – 1920

Thursday 26 October | 11.30am -12.15pm | The Hospital Years 1920-1993

Thursday 30 November | 11.30am -12.15pm |The Smith Family 1899 – 1920

Thursday 14 December | 11.30am -12.15pm | The Hospital Years 1920-1993


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To plan your visit and for more information please click here.

Please note: general photography and short videos (for social media) may be recorded at this event for promotional use only and to document this event internally. If you prefer not to be photographed, please let a member of staff know once you arrive.

Image Credit: Bundoora Convalescent Farm c1920s. Australian War Memorial H19366

Contact Information
Name Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Email bundoorahomestead@darebin.vic.gov.au
Phone 03 9496 1060
05 Oct 23 - 14 Dec 23
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monthly event | See below for all dates
Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre
7 Prospect Hill Dr, Bundoora 3083
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  • Family friendly


$ 10 General Admission

$ 8 Concession

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