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Henty Estate

Henty Estate produces exceptional cool climate wines of great finesse. Attention to detail in the vineyard combined with traditional winemaking techniques including hand plunging, basket pressing and the exclusive use of French oak enable the wines to display true varietal and regional characters. Wines produced are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Chardonnay. Henty Estate is located just north of Hamilton. Wines can be enjoyed at leading regional restaurants, cafes and liquor shops as well as capital city outlets. Check the website www.henty-estate.com.au

03 5572 4446
657 Hensley Park Road, Hamilton

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HIRL Parklands & Bandicoot Enclosure

Visit HIRL and Walk into the Parklands to see the Barred Bandicoots in their Parklands Enclosure. This enclosure contains an area of 100 ha of plains grassy woodland enclosed by a 1.8 m high electrified predator control fence More than 120 bandicoots were released into the reserve between 1991 and 2003. In 2007, another 30 bandicoots were released. Evidence of breeding was noted just three weeks after the release. The population is increasing and now occupies the entire reserve.
Volunteers at HIRL pride themselves at planting, fostering and maintaining a wonderful collection of native flora.
Take a stroll through out magnificent parkland and gardens to see the beautiful collection of Native Flora, in its natural state. Stop for a while and hear and see the many native birds that utilise this fantastic resource. Local native plants have been grown to foster the establishment of our native bird species.

03 5572 3699
333 North Boundary Road Hamilton

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Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton is a 38 hectare area built in 1977 by damming the Grange Burn. Home to many birds the lake is set in a quite area where all the family can relax and unwind.

1800 807 056
Rippon Road or off Mill Road

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Mary & Alexander MacKillop

ALEXANDER MACKILLOP: Alexander was born on the 21st January 1812 in the Highlands of Scotland. At the age of 12.5 years he went to Rome to study for the priesthood. He spent 9 years in Rome and was a precocious and talented student. But ill health and being too young to be ordained forced his return to Scotland in 1831 where he continued his studies at Blairs College in Aberdeen until 1833. He remained an independent thinker, a prolific writer and a formidable opponent in philosophical and theological debate.
He left for Australia in the sailing ship “Brilliant” in October 1837, arriving at Sydney Cove on 20th January 1838. He worked successfully for some time in Sydney before moving to Melbourne.
In all we know about Alexander MacKillop there is no evidence that alcohol was his problem. He certainly caused his family embarrassment and was not a good provider for their needs, and it would be easy to say drink was the cause of it... Mary always referred to him as “poor Papa”... he speculated and spent too much money on drink and a host of parasites...
In an attempt to solve problems which had occurred in Portland after Alexander had found it impossible to live with the obvious deceit that he had uncovered in the school “cheating affair” and the subsequent derision which he encountered, it was decided that it might be better if Alexander moved to live with his brother at The Plains Station a property at Dunkeld, near Hamilton.
It was reported in the Hamilton Spectator of December 9th 1868 that Alexander MacKillop (MacKillop) was seriously ill, on Thursday evening, at the Victoria Hotel with a haemorrhage from the stomach and was not in a condition to be removed for some days.
It was further reported, in the same article, “his wife, who resides in Portland, was informed by telegram, and arrived last evening. Mr MacKillop has of late associated himself with public matters in Hamilton, and cannot fail to be recognised.”
Alexander’s death was also reported in the Spectator of Wednesday, December 23rd 1868 as follows:
“Mr A. MacKillop, whose sudden and serious illness was referred to in our last, expired in the Victoria Hotel at about 6 am on Saturday morning. (19th Dec) It is satisfactory to know that his wife was present at the time of his death, and that he breathed his last in apparent peace. Mr MacKillop was a Roman Catholic, and was at one time intended for the priesthood. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss. The funeral took place on Sunday last.”
Father Farrelly, Hamilton P.P. conducted the burial service of Alexander MacKillop on Sunday 20th December 1868.
(In now what is known as the ‘old cemetery’ in Coleraine Road.)

FLORA MACDONALD: Flora was also a native of the Highlands of Scotland and came to Australia with her family on the “Glen Huntley”, arriving in Melbourne on April 17th 1840. “A gentle winsome woman” is how Mary described her mother many years later.
Within a short period of time Alexander and Flora were married at St Francis Church, Melbourne by Fr. Geoghegan on July 14th 1840.

MARY HELEN MACKILLOP: their first born child was born on January 15th 1842 and baptized on 28th February 1842.
They had seven other children: Margaret, John, Alexander, Anne, Alexandrina, Donald, and Peter.
The MacKillop family, while very strong in faith, experienced many difficulties.
In the 1850’s the MacKillop family moved constantly, and Mary as the eldest child, played a major part in maintaining the well-being of the family in those times.
In late 1863 after Mary gained a teaching position in Portland the scattered MacKillop family came to live there in Bay View Cottage.
To support her family Mary established her first school – a school for young ladies. All did not go well for this venture or for the family. The tensions that grew in the family were attributed mainly to Alexander. It was decided in 1866 that he go to Dunkeld to his youngest brother, Peter.

1800 807 056
Old Cemetery Road, Hamilton

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Miniature Railway - Hamilton Model Railway Group Inc.

The Hamilton Model Railway Group Inc. was formed by a group of friends with an interest in Australian Model Railways. On display in the clubroom is a model display of the layout 'Kilmore East' as well as a range of railway memorabilia.
The establisment of a 7 1/4 inch miniature railway track is a unique attraction to the museum and is a huge hit with children and adults alike.

0418 538 009
Hiller Lane, Hamilton

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