The Lady Squatters and Coriyule

Family History – Fun and Free.

Join us on Wednesday 21 November 1.00pm at our Newcomb chapel (130 Bellarine Hwy) for a free presentation by local historian and genealogist, Susie Zada.

Coriyule is the oldest residential property still in use on the Bellarine Peninsula. It was built by the ‘Lady Squatters’ – Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb. Take this opportunity to hear about these very early, very successful and quite unique pioneers in Victoria.

Anne Drysdale was an independent woman from Scotland who arrived in 1839 already experienced in farming. She met up with Caroline Newcomb, an Englishwoman, who came to Port Phillip in 1836 as the governess to John Batman’s children. Their successful partnership saw them progress from a small cottage on their first property, Boronggoop, to their beautiful two-storey architecturally designed colonial Gothic property of Coriyule.

As well as covering the lives of the Lady Squatters, this presentation looks at the property owners before Anne and Caroline, and those who followed through to the present-day owners.

The gardens of Coriyule were also famous for their design as well as their award-winning productive orchards. In recent times the grounds of Coriyule have been open as part of the Open Garden scheme.

More than 175 years of documented evidence tell the story of this amazing property and its owners.

You are welcome to stay for a cuppa and chat after the presentation. To register your attendance please email or call 5248 3444.