Historical information

First curator's cottage, was built in the gardens early 1860's, later moved to 1414 Gregory St, now relocated back to the Northern Gardens and used by the "Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens" for meetings and Botanikids activities.


The Cottage is important as an early structure in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. It is one of the early works of the Ballarat pioneer architect, Cassini. Its removal from Gregory Street back to the Gardens is testament to the generosity and enthusiasm of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Its renovation was funded by the Ballarat City Council and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens as an important landmark from the past. It is now visited, used and enjoyed by the community. Many original features of the Cottage are intact with a modern extension.

Physical description

Blurred photograph in parts especially lower half of the photograph.

Inscriptions & markings

Back of black and white photograph in biro, longhand print, "North Lodge - Geo.Longley First Curator- Residence. From 1863 to 1867 Gardens Cottage Built."
Now located at 1414 Gregory Street. In faint print, THORNTON RICHARD