Friday, February 6, 2015

Booloominbah UNE


Booloominbah, UNE, Armidale, NSW





Before the sun rose on Wednesday we left the river flats of home and climbed up, and up, to the crisp, cool Tablelands. Master J had some business to attend to at his uni/college, Miss E (22) and I had the privilege of coming along for a day out.

While J was busy with an exam, E and I enjoyed a look around the grounds of the University of New England - a first for both of us.

Let me share with you the central gem of the uni - Booloominbah. You would be correct in assuming I was smitten by this building and surrounding grounds.

"Booloominbah is a grand country gentleman's house designed by Horbury Hunt for prominent colonial grazier, Frederick White, who decided to establish his family of seven children in Armidale because the cooler, fresher, drier air of the Tablelands was good for their health. He and his wife Sarah had already lost five children in infancy...
The White family moved into their expansive house on a hill overlooking Armidale in 1888 and occupied it until Sarah White died in 1933. During World War I between 1916 and 1919 it became an important centre as a Red Cross convalescent home for wounded men. "

Quoted from the Booloominbah website here.

The mansion was considered a white elephant by the family after Sarah died during the Great Depression, and a few years later was donated to Sydney University. It has been the centre of university education in Armidale since 1938, being named the University of New England in 1954.

The building has been restored and now houses dining facilities, a historic collection and the offices of the University's senior management.

Let's have a little photographic tour.




This is Graduates' Walk from the main uni buildings heading down towards the back entry of Booloominbah- you can just see some of the etched pavers on the left. 

"The goal of the Graduates' Walk is to provide a permanent reminder of the success and hard work of graduates during their studies at UNE, whilst at the same time raising funds for scholarships. Your gift is tax deductible.
The names and graduation dates of over 700 graduates have been etched on granite pavers and laid upon on the pathway between Booloominbah and Dixson Library."         




















With grounds beautifully maintained, this wonderful historic mansion overlooks the town of Armidale below.




We ventured into the entry way of a dining/coffee area but chose to continue our walk around the uni instead of stopping to enjoy the offerings.




I had no idea about the history or buildings of UNE, where J began his studies in Civil Engineering nearly 12 months ago. We had hoped to visit sooner as a family but my husband's health prevented any such plans (he's managed just four days of work since April and has slipped back a lot in last two weeks). Having this day away with J and E was just amazing, filled with wonderful surprises. Next post we'll have a quick look at the rest of the Uni.

***Update 16th Feb: I have just discovered that Booloominbah was designed by the Canadian born architect, John Horbury Hunt, who designed the Christ Church Cathedral in our home town which you can see in previous posts here and here. The White family moved into Bolloominbah in 1888 while the (Anglican) Cathedral was opened in 1884. Both buildings are National Trust listed.

19 comments:

LynCC said...

Wow! I would be completely enchanted by it, too. THanks for sharing. :)

Erin said...

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!! The scenery, buildings of New England are completely beautiful, just the climate is off putting;)

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

J loves the climate at Armidale - he loves the fresh air and has no asthma there at all. The air pressure is lower, the air so much fresher. He’s up on a hill there too, away from the smoke of winter fires.

Liz said...

What a gorgeous old mansion and beautifully kept gardens! It must be fabulous studying in such beautiful surroundings!

Kelsey Boes said...

What a fun place to go to school!

SarahZ said...

From the name to the architectural details, this is another gorgeous example of how Australia is captivating in it's uniqueness! Looks to have been a wonderful day....well, maybe not so much for Master J ;)

Dirk Rosin said...

wow så mange flotte bilder , kjempe bra !

Giga said...

The house has an interesting historięi is interesting and very nice. Environment as well. Regards.

Julie said...

What a charming place to study. So unlike a modern boxy university.

geanina said...

gorgeous images!:)

amanda | wildly simple said...

It's fantastic!
As much as I love nature and landscapes, I am equally smitten for old architecture and lovely grounds. Great photos, Karen. Glad you got to make this visit!

ipatchandquilt said...

Gorgeous photographs of the UNE!
Esther

Joy said...

what a wonderful place. thanks for sharing awesome pictures and history!

DeborahGun said...

it is so beautiful, and so Australia! Sorry to hear that your husband has taken a turn for the worse. Will be praying for you.

Linda R said...

I am so happy to hear that you got a little getaway. Those grounds are absolutely gorgeous. You captured it perfectly. So sorry to hear about your husband. I will you him and you in my prayers.

Hugs~

Lynda said...

Such a beautiful building. I'm glad you and your daughter were able to visit with your son. I hope your husband shows some improvement soon.

Juliana said...

Красива архітектура і декор!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

gorgeous . . . I'm enjoying the scenery of your travels.

flowersandhome said...

Ow Karen, it must have been wonderful to be away for a while and discover all the beautiful places you did. I so hope the health of your husband will improve and you will be able to enjoy lovely places like this together as a family again.
Lots of love,
Marian

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