Blundells - Little Cottage, Big Story

Media Release

19 May 2015

This Wednesday 20 May the National Capital Authority will reopen Blundells Cottage after major heritage restoration works. The Cottage has been closed for the last six months while it underwent a conservation programme in-line with the Blundells Cottage Heritage Management Plan.

A hidden treasure in Canberra, Blundells Cottage is the last remaining pre-Federal residence in the National Triangle. The reinterpreted exhibits will now tell the stories of the first family to occupy the Cottage - the Ginn family (1860) - and the last family - the Sainsbury family (1961).

Chief Executive, Mr Malcolm Snow, welcomes those interested in the historic Cottage to attend the reopening along with members of the Sainsbury Family.

Project Manager and Cultural Heritage Manager for the NCA Dr Anna Wong said “The story of the Cottage is an important one for Canberra…it was occupied for over a century and provides an important social history of Canberra from the workers perspective – the people who emigrated here, worked the land and later built the National Capital.”

The Cottage will be open every Saturday from 11:30am – 2.30pm for visitors with two scheduled tours, one at 11.30 am and one at 1 pm. The cottage will also be open on Thursdays, for advance school bookings only.

When: Wednesday 20 May
Where: Blundells Cottage, Wendouree Drive, Campbell
Talent: Dr Anna Wong (Project Manager and Cultural Heritage Manager, NCA), Brian Sainsbury and Wendy Turner (nee Sainsbury)
Contact: Kate Still 0417 713 863

If you would like to arrange an interview please contact the media team at the NCA.