The pastoral property, 'Wooloomanata', was originally part of the 'Station Peak' run. Frederick William Armytage, sixth son of remarkable Victorian pioneer George Armytage, built the present single storey homestead c 1860-63 from designs possibly prepared by Leonard Terry, the architect recorded as designing the extensive cottages and outbuildings in 1866. The U-plan Italianate style bluestone residence has an intricate encircling iron verandah of unusual design and fabrication. "Wooloomanata" is one of a number of distinctive homesteads developed by the distinguished Armytage family in Victoria in the mid nineteenth century.
Henderson, Alexander. "Armytage" in Henderson's Australian Families, Henderson, Melbourne, 1941, pp.302-314 Including illustration of homestead.
Zuzowski, H. "The Works of Leonard Terry", History Research Essay, Department of Architecture, University of Melbourne, 1971. Vol. II, p. 155. Note of Leonard Terry advertising tenders in unrecorded newspaper (possibly the Argus). 13th February 1866 for erection of offices and cottages at "Wooloomanata", near the Duck Ponds Station for F. W. Armytage esq.
National Trust of Australia (Victoria), File No. 1097.
Hone, J. Ann, 'Frederick William Armytage' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Pike, Douglas (Ed). Melbourne University Press, 1969. Vol. 3 p. 52.
Wynd, Ian, 'So Fine A Country, A History of Corio Shire', Draft Copy, to be published in late 1980.