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WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT?
Warrock including the land, all buildings (exteriors, interiors and fixtures), trees, garden and landscape
elements, brick lined wells and other features. The registration also includes all fixtures attached to the
buildings at the time of registration.
HOW IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Warrock is of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria. It satisfies the following
criterion for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register:
Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria?fs cultural history.
Possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Victoria?fs cultural history.
Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.
WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Warrock is significant at the State level for the following reasons:
Warrock is historically significant as an outstanding and largely intact example of a pastoral property
established in the 1840s. It comprises fifty?]seven mostly timber buildings grouped according to function, in a
landscape of mature River Red Gums and nineteenth century plantings. The conservatory is significant as the
earliest known surviving private conservatory in Australia. Warrock is also significant for its association with
the early European settlement of the Western District of Victoria, and as a property owned by the same
family for almost 150 years. [Criterion A]
Warrock is a unique example of a place which demonstrates the nineteenth century reformist social,
aesthetic and religious values of the owner and builder, George Robertson. It is the only known pastoral
complex in Victoria which conforms so closely to the picturesque farm layout espoused by theorists such as J
C Loudon. Warrock is a rare example of a place which retains thousands of household objects, farm
equipment and building tools which were used by the family at the place. [Criterion B]
Warrock is architecturally significant as the most comprehensive and intact group of nineteenth century
farm buildings in Victoria, and for its intentionally consistent and harmonious architecture. It is significant as
a notable and fine example of a complex of nineteenth century timber buildings constructed using local
materials. Warrock demonstrates the principal characteristics of a nineteenth century farm complex through
its multiple buildings with singular functions which are grouped according to use, and a domestic precinct
separated from the working farm and containing exotic plantings. [Criterion D]
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