Tea and scones served at heritage cottage
Read about a new visitor program at Annie Doolan's Cottage.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.
A group of local volunteers has launched a new visitor program for one of Marion’s best loved historical sites.
The Friends of Annie Doolan’s Cottage recently announced they are opening up the local heritage listed building from which they take their name for group bookings and guided tours.
Groups can now also order tea and scones when booking a visit.
Annie Doolan’s Cottage is located in the heart of Marion Historic Village and was originally used as a convent school by the Sisters of St Joseph, which was founded by the Blessed Mary Mackillop.
The cottage was built in 1876 and visitors can see a school room from the era and a 1940s kitchen. It is named after its last resident who lived there until 1963.
There is a scale model of Marion Village in 1949 that shows a sparsely populated area with almond groves, market gardens and pug holes from where clay was dug to make bricks.
Chair of the Friends of Annie Doolan’s Cottage, Elizabeth Hunt, said the visitor program had been expanded to meet growing interest in local history.
“We’ve started taking group bookings due to increasing interest in local history, particularly from schools that want students to experience something different during an excursion,” Ms Hunt said.
“Kids are fascinated by the old classroom, especially when they have a go writing on the slate boards as students would have done in the 1870s.
“The cottage is packed with memorabilia, including old kitchen scales, a mincer, photographs, crockery and school timetable.”
Annie Doolan’s Cottage is owned by the Catholic Church Endowment Society and leased by the friends group.
Tours are free, however a gold coin donation is welcome and there is a small charge for tea and scones which can be enjoyed on the cottage’s lawn.
Open days are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
Ms Hunt said there were opportunities for people to help out by volunteering.
“More volunteers to help with tours, maintaining the cottage and preparing tea and scones would be welcome,” she said.
The City of Marion provides an annual contribution of $4500 to the friends group to support the cultural heritage objectives of the site.
Annie Doolan’s Cottage is at 45b George St, Marion. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hunt on 0412 698 944 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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