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Design Matters: Tower Hill

Sat April 29, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

$20.00 – $30.00
Eugene von Guerard, Tower Hill, 1855. Oil painting on canvas. Warrnambool Gallery of Art, on loan from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victoria). Presented by Miss Effie Thornton, 1966.

Join us at Walsh Street for Design Matters: Tower Hill, a panel discussion to learn about the significant heritage site on Gunditjmara Country and its distinct Visitor Centre designed by Robin Boyd.

Our expert panellists will share the Tower Hill story and will bring insight into the cultural, environmental and architectural importance of Tower Hill. This event celebrates the launch of our new Tower Hill 3D Tour. Generously supported by the Alastair Swayn Foundation, Arup and Phoria the Tower Hill 3D Tour was developed by volunteers from the RBF Digital and Archive Team, in collaboration with ⁠Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative, Parks Victoria, Warrnambool Field and Naturalists, Warrnambool and District Historical Society.

The Tower Hill Visitor Centre was designed by Robin Boyd in 1962 and completed in 1969. Sympathetic in its design, the building responds to the curves of its surroundings and harmonises with the natural landscape.Prior to European settlement, the thriving area was lush with vegetation and native wildlife. European colonists settled on Tower Hill in the 1830s and are responsible for mass genocide of the Gunditjmara people. Over the following years, extensive clearing for farming ensued as well as the introduction of destructive foreign species to the area. By the 1950s Tower Hill had been reduced to a flattened landscape, without any trees or native wildlife. 

In the 1960s a grassroots movement led by the Warrnambool Field Naturalists Club worked to revegetate and revive the land by planting trees. They were joined by school groups and community members in the effort. The group used Eugene von Guerard’s 1855 detailed painting of the landscape at Tower Hill as a guide for planting and species selection. This was one of the first community-led revegetation projects in Victoria, which influenced future land management and conservation projects.


Mauro Baracco
Director, Baracco + Wright Architects, Deputy Dean of International at the School of Architecture and Design of RMIT University.

Reuben Smith
Proud Kirrae Whurrong man, Tour Guide at Budj Bim and former Worn Gundidj cultural officer.

Tina Tam
Associate Principal, Lovell Chen

Shirley Duffield
Longtime member of Warrnambool Field Naturalists Club, and Barefoot Biologist.

Professor Hannah Lewi
Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

Prior to your visit, please note:
– Attendees must be 16 years and over.
– No external food or drink may be brought into the house.
– Large bags and backpacks will need to be checked in at entry.
– Stiletto heels cannot be worn in the house due to our cork flooring.
– If you are experiencing Covid symptoms or test positive Covid prior to the event, please contact us.


Sat April 29, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
$20.00 – $30.00


Walsh Street House
290 Walsh Street
South Yarra, Vic 3141 Australia
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