Dalemain links to Martindale Hall
Martindale Hall in South Australia has a wonderful link with Cumbria and indeed Dalemain. Edmund Bowman built it in 1869 with marriage in mind to the then Miss Hasell of Dalemain. He wanted to create somewhere where she would have a home away from home. Unfortunately and very sadly she wasn’t brave enough to make the journey. Therefore it became an extremely important part of our trip in Australia to visit this wonderful Victorian replica of our home and that 147 years later a Miss Hasell would finally cross the threshold. Going north of Adelaide the more the countryside became rolling park land there seemed to be more of a similarity to England even if it looked a bit dryer and there were squashed snakes on the road!
As we wound our way up the drive between fur trees an incredibly special feeling enveloped us as we saw the house for the first time. However we have now come to understand that the future of Martindale Hall is in danger. The South Australian government are considering it’s options and it therefore might be closing it’s doors to the public which would be a huge loss as oen of South Australia’s most treasured tourist icons. When we arrived channel 7 were doing a feature on this and Hermione was interviewed, she stated that ‘it would be incredibly sad if people were no longer able to visit. Hopefully it can continue to live and be enjoyed it has done for the last 150 years.’