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Yallum Park Homestead is a large Victorian Mansion that was built for John Riddoch between 1878-1880 and is one of the best-preserved historic houses in Australia. The mansion is open for visitors who can view an extensive collection of English wallpapers dating from 1878 to 1880 as well as stroll through the beautiful and extensive gardens.

John Riddoch was a wealthy man, a pastoralist and a member of Parliament. The mansion itself is located just 8km from the township of Penola and is set amongst a magnificent natural setting. Riddoch himself was chairman of the district council, benefactor of Penola’s Presbyterian Church and library. Upon Riddochs death, he was buried in the new Penola cemetry.


The mansion itself boats 14 feet high ceilings, marble mantelpieces, a large stained glass window and antique furniture. Visitors will get a real sense of the wealth of this man during this period with the beautiful finishes on this house that remain on display today.

The mansion has hosted many famous guests including King George V (when he was still the Duke of Cornwall) and Yallum Park house where Adam Lindsay Gordon used to stay. There are also two smaller houses located behind the mansion, known as Gordon House and Austin House The mansion is owned privately, however, tours are available.

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