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Lanyon Homestead, Canberra

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Lanyon is an historic homestead and grazing property located on the southern outskirts of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.HistoryThe site was first occupied following white settlement by Timothy Beard, who depastured cattle on the Limestone Plains as early as 1829. Beard had been transported to Australia for life and arrived in the colony in 1806. After receiving his pardon he entered the pastoral industry as a squatter. Beard's huts were located on the Molonglo River near Queanbeyan and on the site of Lanyon homestead. Beard was forced out of the area by land grants and later became an innkeeper at Bringelly (Moore, 1982).The Wright familyJames Wright and his friend John Hamilton Mortimer Lanyon settled at Lanyon in 1833 as squatters after arriving from London earlier that year. (James also took his wife and his 5 children with him.) In 1835 they purchased several adjoining blocks on the Murrumbidgee River, then the edge of legal occupation within the nineteen counties. Wright and Lanyon established an orchard, vegetable gardens, planted wheat and purchased cattle and sheep and set up a dairy herd. Fifteen convicts were assigned to Wright and Lanyon by 1835, increasing to thirty by 1837. Wright's elder brother William arrived in 1836 and purchased adjoining land. William died in 1837 following a shooting accident. Lanyon returned to England and died in 1841. Wright married Mary Davis in 1838 and the first three of their eight children were born at Lanyon. Wright encountered financial difficulties and was forced to sell Lanyon in 1841 and move to nearby Cuppacumbalong station. The Wrights had established a self-supporting community at Lanyon of up to 60 people. The design of Wright's courtyard buildings is said to be reminiscent of his native Derbyshire (ACT Government, 1994).
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  • Took a trip out to this homestead - about 40 minutes from the centre of Canberra. It is situated up a gravel road from the main road and is no problem for any vehicle in the dry. Much in the house is ...  more »
  • A guide showed around the house - well only part of the house for a nominal charge. She was well versed in the life style of its prior inhabitants and made the short tour interesting  more »
  • What a great visit! Started in the cafe, excellent food and service. The house was beautiful with knowledgeable guides. I'll be back  more »

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