The Strathtulloh property was established in 1840 by Charles James Garrard with the detached kitchen building built of local stone being the earliest remaining structure. The random coursed bluestone house with dormers and cellar was built later, possibly about 1869.
How is it significant?
Strathtulloh is of architectural, historical and archaeological significance to Victoria
Why is it significant?
Strathtulloh is historically important for its associations with John Batman's Port Phillip Association being part of that party's initial land selection made in 1835. It also has a brief early association with the Henty brothers, Charles and Stephen, who were members of one of the first families to settle in Victoria, experienced in farming and trading, and occupations of prime importance to the new colony.
The Strathtulloh house is architecturally significant as a particularly intact example of an early homestead dwelling, built in the Colonial style of architecture which was prevalent amongst homesteads throughout Victoria. The crude use of local stone and pit sawn timber for the erection of both the kitchen and main house at Strathtulloh demonstrates the typical resourceful construction technique of early dwellings.
The ruins by the Toolern Creek are archaeologically important for their considerable age, possibly dating from before 1840.