28 October 2020

Historic Bombala Lavender House reopens

| Sharon Kelley
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Exterior of Lavender House in Bombala.

Lavender House at Railway Park offers a window into what life was like in the Bombala region during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Photo: Supplied.

Bombala’s Lavender House has reopened to visitors, providing a historical look at what life was like in Bombala and the surrounding region in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Located next to the Bombala Visitors Centre on the Monaro Highway, Lavender House was built in 1892 and has become one of Bombala’s most admired buildings.

Throughout its 128-year history, the house has served many purposes. Originally used as a convent for the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the building hosted Saint Mary Mackillop when she visited Bombala in 1899 and 1901.

“Lavender House has a fascinating history and a visit is a must when travelling through our beautiful region,” said Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer.

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“Our friendly and knowledgeable information centre staff can help visitors access Lavender House. They can provide plenty of interesting details to help you understand and appreciate the history of Bombala and the wider district.”

As its name suggests, the building has played an important role in Bombala’s long-standing affiliation with lavender.

The region’s climate is conducive to growing the fragrant flowering plant, and Lavender House became the Australian headquarters for the first lavender society in the mid-1990s. The Monaro Country Lavender Co-op used the building to display items and sell lavender products.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council tourism consultant Sandy Lewis is encouraging visitors to stop by the information centre and take in a tour of Lavender House.

“A visit to Lavender House is a must when visiting our beautiful region,” she says.

“Our tourism consultants are happy to point out interesting items and can even assist people in researching their family history.”

Lavender House is open between 10 am and 4 pm six days a week, and closed on Sundays. Visitors are required to drop by the information centre to access Lavender House, with the centre’s tourism consultants on hand to assist.

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