Original furnishings, household appliances and photos reflect the fashionable ideal of style and taste in the middle class Australian home of the late 1920s.
Calthorpes’ House is a window into an almost forgotten world. Built in 1927, this genuine survivor is a treasure house of domestic history. A visit to Calthorpes’ House will take students back to a time when Harry and Dell Calthorpe and their two daughters Del and Dawn lived in the house. Enjoy hearing the pianola and learning about daily life in the new National Capital.
24 Mugga Way
Red Hill ACT
Tel: 6295 1945
Group bookings are essential.
Please contact the Booking Officer: (02) 6207 9943 or fax a completed
School Booking Enquiry Form to: (02) 6207 2177
Cost: $5.50 per student $8 per student for a double program
Teachers and supervisors are free of charge
Calthorpes’ House is situated on the crest of a hill on Mugga Way. To avoid an accident risk, buses should not drop students off on the hillcrest. Buses should drop students further down the street, at a point where the bus is clearly visible to other traffic. The bus will not be able to park on Mugga Way. Parking is available on Torres, Wickham or Vancouver Streets. There is limited parking for cars on site at Calthorpes’ House, just follow the circular driveway around to the parking area.
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