Beleura in Mornington is a place of historic interest, spectacular architecture and intricate Italianate design. Erected in 1863, Beleura was once the summer house of Sir George Talis and his family, now a public attraction for those in the Mornington region. It's provenance collection of grand, ephemeral and trivial household goods combined with the preserved interior design are the features of Beleura, alongside the glorious surrounding gardens. Note that parking at the premise is not allowed but they have many other options and shuttle buses at allocated parking spots. Check the website for more information.
A few words from Beleura - The House and Garden
BELEURA IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PLACE.
he Tallis Family Summer House for many decades and from 1950 John Tallis' home, it houses an amazing collection
of items. When John Tallis died in 1996 he left his house Beleura at Mornington to the people of Victoria, requesting it become a house museum. In November 2004 his dream was realised and Beleura is now open to the public in the way he wished, by appointment and with visitors being welcomed as guests. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups on selected days throughout the year.
Beleura at Mornington, erected in 1863 for James Butchart, was bequeathed to the people of Victoria by Jack Morton Tallis as a place of historic and educational interest. Beleura and its land, acquired by Sir George Tallis (1869-1948) and Lady Tallis in 1916 and from 1950 the home of Jack Morton Tallis (1911-1996) is deemed of national significance. The gardens retain elements of an earlier pre 1900 garden. Commencing in 1952 Jack Morton Tallis overlaid his parents garden with a romantic, idiosyncratic version of an Italian garden. The contents provenanced to members of the Tallis Family, are of major significance for the depth of their completeness and include furniture, fine and decorative art, soft furnishings, books, photographs, domestic goods, theatrical memorabilia, items of gentlemen's apparel and general household paraphernalia. It is the intention of the Trustees appointed by Jack Morton Tallis to maintain this condition of things and to make Beleura and its gardens and contents available to the people of Victoria as a place of historic and educational interest.
(An excerpt from BELEURA Mornington a Theatre of the Past by Anthony Knight)
Bungower Road, Mornington 3931 VIC - See Map