The Farm Complex comprising the 19th century brick homestead, timber barn and brick dairy known as Vallence's Farm and located at 289 Werribee Vale Road, Maddingley.
How is it significant?
The Farm Complex at 289 Werribee Vale Road, Maddingley is of local historical and aesthetic significance to the Shire of Moorabool.
Why is it significant?
The Farm Complex at 289 Werribee Vale Road, Maddingley is of historical significance for its demonstration of the early settlement of the Maddingley area for farming purposes. Henry Vallence erected this farmhouse and an adjoining dairy following his purchase of the allotment in the Werribee Vale in March 1864. The property is of historical significance for its associations with the most prominent farming family in the Maddingley area, the Vallence family. The complex of buildings is of historical significance for showing the operations of a 19th century farm.
The Farm Complex at 289 Werribee Vale Road, Maddingley is of aesthetic significance as an excellent intact example of a 19th century farm complex, including a homestead, barn, and dairy. The homestead is of architectural significance as an early and substantial farm residence in the area. The tall hipped roof, original doors and windows, and scalloped timber valence to the verandah contribute to the significance of the building. The dairy and the timber slab barn are of local architectural significance as rare surviving examples of these early types of buildings.
An apparently Edwardian brick farmhouse, although there has been a farmhouse here since 1864. It has an early (?) underground dairy.It has local historical significance as a representative embodiment of a way of life and probably a changing sequence of architectural styles .The dairy is of local architectural significance as a relatively rare surviving example of a building type.