Mooramong - National Trust

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Hollywood comes to the homestead at this 1860s country house revamped for an Australian millionaire and his movie star wife. Mooramong was a 21st birthday present for Donald Scobie Mackinnon who remodelled it in 1938 for his movie star wife Claire Adams. Homestead Tours & Farm Tours Available. Bookings Required. CASH ONLY, NO EFTPOS AVAILABLE.

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Homestead is closed until 9 Oct 2022 and then open every second Sunday of each month. Adult $15 Concession $12 Child (5-15) $9 Family (2A & 2C) $40 NT Member: FREE



Claire and Scobie adored each other all their lives. "At their request their ashes were buried together under a headstone tucked back from the manicured lawn that surrounds the pool that was the scene of so much fun during their lives. "The reason we know so much about Claire and Scobie is because Claire used part of her substantial personal fortune (inherited from her former husband) to purchase cameras and film." She documented her life in great detail. The reels of film were discovered and they have subsequently formed the basis of an hour long documentary about this remarkable story. At Claire's direction Mooramong was bequeathed to the National Trust of Australia to be maintained as a flora and fauna park.



"Claire always had a movie camera with her, as well as stills cameras. Throughout their lives together, both she and Scobie delighted in taking footage of their exploits, much of which is featured in the wonderful DVD, 'Mooramong - Private Hollywood'. "Perhaps what is most remarkable is that Claire did not pine for her former glamorous life but rather threw herself into her new life and brought a touch of Hollywood to the Australian bush. "Soon after she arrived at the property outside Skipton she started to transform the main residence into a hacienda-style stately home. She also arranged for the building of what was, at the time, the largest privately-owned pool in the Southern hemisphere.


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