Nov 15 5 Generations of the Archer Family established and developed this estate starting in 1817 with the last Thomas (they were all named Thomas !) who died in 1994. He never married and left the estate to the Archer Historical Foundation. The estate has also recently been heritage listed. Many of the family’s personal possessions are still available to view, including some priceless dinner services, imported from England. Our tour guide was actually a relation of the family. Convict built original structures remain on the property such as the wool shed, the apple packing shed and the coach house.
The estate contains the National Rose Garden, opened to the public in 2001, with over 5,000 roses. We were lucky to arrive when the roses were in bloom.