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Lake House TAS
Shene Estate TAS
Redlands TAS
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Eskleigh, Perth


Note: there is no public official listing of Tasmanian heritage property as National Trust Classified, apart fromthose properties that the National Trust themselves own.
These pages exist to remedy that terrible lack.

All 106 Properties are summarised on this page: National Trust Tasmanian Heritage Register


106 Properties listed in 1964 by the Tasmanian National Trust

An Historic Buildings competition was held in Tasmania during the latter half of 1963 and early 1964.
  • The success and wide-spread interest in the competition prompted the publication of the book:
  • Priceless Heritage: Historic Buildings of Tasmania by the National Trust of Australia (Tasmanian branch) Platypus Publications 1964.
  • NLA Listing: Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Format: Book; 136p. : chiefly ill. ; 28cm
  • More about the Book Priceless Heritage: Historic Buildings of Tasmania

The Mercury Historic Homes Competition

  • This photographic competition was held in 1963 to mark the 109th anniversary of the founding of the Mercury newspaper.
  • The competition was sponsored by The Mercury and organised by the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) southern region.
The competition had 6 classes:
  1. Best preserved town or country house in Tasmania
  2. Best preserved place of worship
  3. Best maintained privately owned but open to the public property (eg hotel, school, shop)
  4. Best maintained commercial or rural building (eg factory, warehouse, barn)
  5. Best preserved country house for each House of Assembly electorate
  6. Best maintained public building

Which Were the Winners?


Entries 1 - 27 are on this first page

Entries 28 - 53 are on this previous page


54. Eskleigh & Outbuildings RA 16087 Midland Highway, Perth, TAS, Australia

Scone (Eskleigh), Perth, Tasmania. The picturesque house with Palladian details was designed by architect H Conway and built by W. M. Cribson in 1867.
Scone (Eskleigh), Perth, Tasmania. The picturesque house with Palladian details was designed by architect H Conway and built by W. M. Cribson in 1867.

Scone (Eskleigh), Perth, Tasmania. The picturesque house with Palladian details was designed by architect H Conway and built by W. M. Cribson in 1867.

A very large two storey Victorian Italianate house (now a hospital) built about 1870 by William Gibson on the Scone estate.

  • Comprising house, cottage, garden house, brick sheds, barn, other house and brick walls, off Midland Highway, 2km south of Perth.
  • The house conforms closely with designs by Robert Kerr in his book 'The Gentleman's House', who describes the type as 'a picturesque composition with Palladian detail'.
  • The portico, tower and irregularity in plan are highly characteristic. The house and its outbuildings occupy a fine site-on the South Esk River.
    • Two storey stucco Victorian Italianate residence. Three level tower with arcading to level three.
    • Two storey bay windows on east and north walls. Round and square head two pane windows.
    • Single storey iron verandah on north and east sides. Quoins stucco in imitation of ashlar. Bracketed eave. Slate hip roof.

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  • Outbuildings comprise cottages, brick sheds, house and barn. Brick walls. Magnificent site on South Esk River.
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The Building


Erected in the style of an Italian villa, the four granite pillars at the front entrance of Eskleigh Home are believed to have been imported from Italy. The surrounding verandahs feature beautiful cast-iron lace incorporating the monogram of William Gibson, and boast an original floor of Italian terrazzo.
Eskleigh House near Perth Tasmania
Eskleigh House near Perth Tasmania

Eskleigh House near Perth Tasmania

Ground Floor


  • Facing the front door of Eskleigh Home, is a niche, which is an interesting feature, although common of old Italian villas. Beautiful stained glass panels flanking the front door depict Australian flora and fauna, with these designs also used as motifs on the painted ceiling.
  • The entrance hall still has the original parquet flooring around the edges. The doors of rooms leading from the hall retain some of the original brass door-knobs and finger plates, and the rooms leading from the hall all have marble fireplaces.

First Floor

  • A stunning staircase, with a balustrade decorated with bosses and Tudor roses, leads up to a spacious landing where a beautiful original light fitting features in the centre of the painted ceiling. The principal bedroom on the right is now used as a board meeting room.
  • The house has several painted ceilings, with all work being done by a Mr Hargraves of London. The finest of the artwork resides in the room to the right of the front door. Here, the paintings depict the four seasons and the room boasts a very intricate cornice.
  • The light fittings in these rooms and in the hall are the originals used by Mr Gibson in 1870; they were gas fittings which he adapted for use with electricity.
Eskleigh Home incorporates the old home of Mr William Gibson and his family, which was called 'Scone'.
  • The land was first granted to Captain John R Ritchie, but on his death it passed to his brother, Captain Thomas Ritchie. Thomas built a new house on the riverbank, just down river from the present dwelling, and by 1833 had a flour mill operating by water power. But natural disaster seemed to plague the mill. It was washed away in the Great Floods of 1852, and then rebuilt, only to be destroyed again by fire just a few days after Mr Gibson purchased the property in 1867.

  • In 1870, Mr Gibson began to build his new home, for which he harnessed the water power provided by the old mill race to run a generator. This provided electric light for the house and the outbuildings, and it is believed that the home was the first private dwelling in the Southern Hemisphere to be electrically lit.

  • The property remained in the Gibson family and became famous for its merino sheep. The Gibsons were generous people with a strong social conscience and contributed much towards the development of Perth, including the Baptist Church.

  • With the death of Mr W Gibson Senior in 1943, the property came into the possession of Mr B Gibson, who found it far too large for his needs. So, through a great act of generosity by the family and the help and hard work of many people in the community, it was decided that the old home would become a place of care for adults with severe or multiple disabilities.Eskleigh Home was born.

  • In 1947, a committee was formed to organise the establishment of Eskleigh Home incorporating the old 'Scone' homestead. New wings were built at the rear of the house for the accommodation of fifty patients, with staff quarters later erected at the end of the drive.
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  • In 1970, a large new lounge area was built connecting two wings to form a sheltered courtyard. This lounge possesses large windows from which patients have a beautiful view across the river to the fields and mountains beyond.

About Eskleigh


Eskleigh is a not-for-profit incorporated body providing high quality support to people with a disability, their families and carers within Tasmania.

The Eskleigh Foundation provides nursing and supported care services to younger people with disabilities.

Eskleigh Home
Set on 23 acres in Perth, Eskleigh Home boasts a charming residence with beautiful gardens and surrounding farmland.

It provides a peaceful environment for clients to socialise and enjoy a real quality of life. The 42-bed home combines the sophistication of a modern care facility with the historical charm of the former Scone homestead.

The $8,000 Tasmanian Art Award is an art competition and exhibition held each year at Eskleigh Home near Perth, Tasmania with all works offered for sale to the public.

Eskleigh - watercolour by Elizabeth Barsham
Eskleigh - watercolour by Elizabeth Barsham

Eskleigh - watercolour by Elizabeth Barsham

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