Dhurringile including the mansion, shearing shed, stables and all fixtures attached to the buildings at the time of registration including all fixtures attached to the buildings such as light fittings, stained glass windows, mantlepieces and built-in furniture in the mansion, mantlepieces and built-in furniture in theformer residence in the stables, and associated equipment and machinery in the shearing shed and stables. It also includes any historical archaeology associated with the former uses of the place.
HOW IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Dhurringile is of architectural, archaeological and historical 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.
Potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Victoria?s cultural history.
Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.
WHY IS IT SIGNIFICANT?
Dhurringile and its outbuildings are of historical significance as an important example of a substantialpastoral propeorty built on the proceeds of gold discoveries and subsequent pastoral wealth. It is significant for its association with the Winter and Winter-Irving families who were among the largest pastoral landholders in Victoria, and as an example of the work of prominent architectural firm, Lloyd Tayler and Wyatt. [Criterion A]
Dhurringile is also of historical significance for its use as an internment and World War II prisoner of war camp which reflects an aspect of Australian life which is not well known. Its subsequent use by the Presbyterian Church as a rural training centre for migrant boys from the United Kingdom is of historical significance for its association with the perceived need at the time to populate Australia with migrants of Anglo-Celtic background. [Criterion A]
Dhurringile is of archaeological significance for its potential to yield information about the underground tunnels and tanks associated with the nineteenth century water treatment system at the place, and for its potential to yield physical evidence associated with its twentieth century uses as a World War II internment camp and prison, and as a boy's home. [Criterion C]
Dhurringile is of architectural significance as one of Victoria's grandest mansions and a notable example of the Victorian Italianate style. [Criterion D]