Mooramong Homestead will be “brought back to life” and lure new visitors to western Victoria as multiple new accommodation sites are added to the historic estate.

Work to create glamping sites, tiny houses and apartments, as well as refurbishments on historical cottages, is expected to start on the sprawling Skipton property in the coming weeks.

The Victorian State Government has awarded the National Trust of Australia Victoria a $2 million dollar grant to proceed with the works.

The homestead has an interesting history dating back to the 1860s in the small regional town two hours from Melbourne.

Australian millionaire Donald “Scobie” Mackinnon was gifted the property in the early 20th century on his 21st birthday.

Melbourne architect Marcus W Martin then altered the homesteads with art deco influences in 1938 for Donald Mackinnon and his wife, Hollywood star Claire Adams.

The new works will adhere to the 1930s glamour and historical style, so visitors can feel as if they are stepping in to the past.

Much of the estate has remained perfectly preserved since it was handed over to the National Trust of Australia in the 1970s.

Much of the Mooramong Homestead has been preserved throughout the decades.(Supplied)

National Trust of Australia Victoria chief executive Simon Ambrose said the trust was “thrilled” to receive the funding and to be given a chance to share the history of the estate.

“Our vision for the property is to develop visitor experiences that create lifelong connections to the place through community engagement with cultural heritage and help to grow the local visitor economy,” Mr Ambrose said.

Pyrennees Shire mayor Ron Eason said he hoped it would be an opportunity to recuperate losses suffered during the pandemic.

“It’s something to behold … they’ve basically left it all the way [Mackinnon and Adams] lived in it,” Mr Eason said.

“It’s a fantastic gem within the Pyrennees shire.”

A portrait of a beautiful woman in a black dress hangs on a wall above a fireplace
The homestead has a glamorous connection to 1930s Hollywood.(Supplied)

He said it would be a good opportunity for new, local employment.

“There will be half a dozen jobs in the refurbishment and half a dozen jobs ongoing at the accommodation,” Mr Eason said.

Architect Phil Snowden was approached to be a part of the refurbishment six months ago while the National Trust of Australia Victoria was making applications for funding.

He said it would be an interesting project.

An old television sits on red carpet.
Remnants of a forgotten time such as an old television remain at Mooramong Homestead.(Supplied)

“There’s a bit to go through in getting everybody in place, but hopefully in the next month or so we will be starting those concept [plans],” Mr Snowden said.

“The Indigenous culture and heritage of the site is really interesting as well so it’ll be really interesting to work with the Wadawurrung to find out more about the place.”

Western Victoria MP Jaala Pulford said the restoration would bring visitors to Skipton to learn about the town and its history.

“Mooramong Homestead takes us back in time to the dizzying glamour of ’30s Hollywood parties,” she said.

“This investment will ensure the unique history of this magnificent homestead is not lost.”

Two people grin out front of a lovely house.
Simon Ambrose and Jaala Pulford are excited about upgrades at Mooramong Homestead.(Supplied)

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published 2022-06-30 08:53:50