|La Trobe’s Jolimont: A walk round my garden
By Helen Botham
Published jointly by the La Trobe Society and the Australian Garden History Society
Most Victorians are unaware that our first Lieutenant-Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe, developed a beautiful garden around his 12½ acre Jolimont estate during the nearly 15 years he spent in Victoria. This book takes the reader on a tour of the garden using twenty-two detailed drawings by Edward La Trobe Bateman completed in 1852-53. The drawings, plotted on a map of the estate drawn in 1853, all held in the Picture Collection, State Library Victoria, and extracts from letters La Trobe wrote to his daughter describing his house and garden held in the Australian Manuscripts Collection, State Library Victoria, give us a flavour of the little every-day matters of life at Jolimont in its hey-day.
Although the estate was subdivided after La Trobe returned to Europe in 1854, Bateman’s paintings remain a delightful testament to the charm of this early Melbourne garden.
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