Werribee Park Mansion was built between 1874 and 1877 in the Italianate style by the pioneering pastoralists Thomas Chirnside (1815-1887) and his brother Andrew Chirnside (1818-1890), from Scotland. Its residential and working buildings supported a large farm workforce.
In 1887 Thomas Chirnside committed suicide, when his brother Andrew Spencer Chirnside then took over the running of Werribee and all the holdings along with his sons. When Andrew died in 1890 of heart disease, his jewellery and other personal items were left to his wife, Mary, for the term of her life. The estate was split between the sons.
From 1923 to 1973, Werribee Park Mansion was a Catholic seminary, Corpus Christi College. The wings, which are now the Mansion Hotel, were added during that period.
Werribee Park, Vic. Australia
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