I specialise in making the historic interior, art and decor fun and an educational experience. I am a Visiting Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Adelaide and I have published widely on the domestic interior in representation from the eighteenth century to the modern period. My recent books include: Domestic Interiors: Representing Home from the Victorians to the Moderns, (2013), which won the Art Association of Australia and NZ Best Anthology Prize in 2014; and Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (edited with Anca Lasc and Mark Taylor 2015) both published by Bloomsbury.
You will have the choice of taking guided tours with me, and trained and experienced art historian to a range of historical house museums and homesteads, from Carrick Hill to Government House, to the Open Air TB Sanatorium at ‘Nunyara’ Belair, to Martindale Hall Nunyara. Past tours have also included the modernist Walkley House in North Adelaide, and new tours are constantly being developed. Tour groups are small and friendly, informative and fun.
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Martindale Hall, Mintaro is one of the most outstanding of Australia’s great historic homesteads. While many pastoralists of the late nineteenth century built ‘instant palaces’ to cement their social standing, few achieved the vision of classical perfection Edmund Bowman did when he built Martindale in 1879. Praised for its excellent workmanship, and innovative modern comforts, it’s a complete, comparatively intact and stunning experience.
Practicalities: come via your own transport, we will meet in the Hall foyer which opens at 10.00 for a 10.30 am start. The tour will last approximately 2 hours. You will have the rest of the day to explore the Clare Valley region, taking in the wineries, pubs, and tourist attractions of Mintaro, Auburn, Clare, Burra and Sevenhill. There’s also the ‘Magpie and Stump’ pub in Mintaro, about 5 mins away from the Hall which does lovely lunches and has a great wine list.
Tour fee includes door charge to the Hall of $12.00
Please note: No bags other than for medical reasons are allowed inside Martindale Hall, a small purse and mobile phones are okay.