WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT?
Greystones including the interiors and exteriors of the homestead and other nineteenth-century buildings, homestead garden, parkland setting and other landscape elements. Staff houses constructed in the second half of the twentieth century are not of primary cultural heritage significance. Modern sheds and agricultural buildings, metal water tanks and the tennis court are not significant.
HOW IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Greystones 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's cultural history.
Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.
Special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Victoria's history.
WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Greystones is significant at the State level for the following reasons:
Greystones is historically significant as a substantial and largely intact pastoral property with a clear association with the development of nineteenth-century pastoral runs. The homestead, garden and parkland setting reflect the wealth, taste and lifestyle of pastoralists in Victoria in the late nineteenth century. The many intact outbuildings, designed and built to perform specific agricultural functions, clearly articulate the various activities required in the operation of a large pastoral property in the nineteenth and twentieth century. [Criterion A]
Greystones is architecturally significant for its fine and notable example of a large pastoral homestead and related outbuildings. Its homestead retains a large number of characteristics typical of pastoral properties in the Western District of Victoria, including homestead of fine Gothic design set in extensive garden. An array of nineteenth-century outbuildings associated with both the homestead and the agricultural life of the property are intact. The homestead is an important domestic work by the Melbourne architects Lloyd Tayler and Frederick Wyatt and demonstrates high quality workmanship in local stone. Its extensive homestead garden retains its late nineteenth-century layout and planting character, including kitchen garden, terraces, rockeries and collection of conifers. [Criterion D]
Greystones is significant for its association with notable pastoralists Charles Griffith and Molesworth Greene, and with business leader Sir William Angliss. Griffith and Greene developed Glenmore and Greystones stations from the 1840s and were influential in the development of pastoralism in Victoria. Greene was noted for the improvements he brought to the practice of agriculture including in water conservation, cultivation of grasses and use of share-farming. Angliss was an influential pastoralist and businessman who pioneered frozen meat exporting in Australia and by the 1930s dominated the industry. Greystones is an important example of one of Angliss's pastoral stations. [Criterion H]