Wonderful Wisteria – Then and Now


This week at Vaucluse House, in the lead up to the celebration of our centenary as a museum, we have been ever more mindful of the ways Vaucluse House has changed, and the ways in which it has stayed the same over the last 100 years.

Today, as the wisteria blooms around the front verandah, it’s wonderful to look at old photographs of the first few decades of the house as a museum and see the familiar vine practically engulfing the front part of the roof.

Originally appearing in photographs from the early 1870s, and overhanging the verandah by 1880, by the 1920s crowds were attracted to Vaucluse House each September to view the flowering wisteria; one can only imagine how the smell drifted across the estate for that short period in early spring.

The original vine was removed in the 1960s due to a borer infestation, but its successor continues to delight and inspire all visitors to the estate; from locals walking their dogs, to Probus Club members who remember it from decades ago, to school children seeing it for the first time.

Come along soon and catch Vaucluse House at its finest.

Vaucluse House is open Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm and every day in the school holidays (September 19 – October 5).

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