BELEURA IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PLACE.
he Tallis Family Summer House for many decades and from 1950 John Tallis' home, it houses an amazing collection
of items. When John Tallis died in 1996 he left his house Beleura at Mornington to the people of Victoria, requesting it become a house museum. In November 2004 his dream was realised and Beleura is now open to the public in the way he wished, by appointment and with visitors being welcomed as guests. Guided tours are available for individuals and groups on selected days throughout the year.
Beleura at Mornington, erected in 1863 for James Butchart, was bequeathed to the people of Victoria by Jack Morton Tallis as a place of historic and educational interest. Beleura and its land, acquired by Sir George Tallis (1869-1948) and Lady Tallis in 1916 and from 1950 the home of Jack Morton Tallis (1911-1996) is deemed of national significance. The gardens retain elements of an earlier pre 1900 garden. Commencing in 1952 Jack Morton Tallis overlaid his parents garden with a romantic, idiosyncratic version of an Italian garden. The contents provenanced to members of the Tallis Family, are of major significance for the depth of their completeness and include furniture, fine and decorative art, soft furnishings, books, photographs, domestic goods, theatrical memorabilia, items of gentlemen's apparel and general household paraphernalia. It is the intention of the Trustees appointed by Jack Morton Tallis to maintain this condition of things and to make Beleura and its gardens and contents available to the people of Victoria as a place of historic and educational interest.
(An excerpt from BELEURA Mornington a Theatre of the Past by Anthony Knight)
We host regular House and Garden Tours. Please visit the What's On page of this web site for more information.
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