Unknown photographer. c.late-1960s.
From Ben Jones' photograph collection.
National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Rippon Lea Collection.
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Louisa Jones in the garden at Rippon Lea with her poodle, Jane, in the late 1960s when she was in the midst of her battle to preserve her family property from bureaucratic vandalism.
Rippon Lea occupies a special position in Australian conservation history as a property saved specifically for its historic gardens. Single-handedly, Louisa Jones fought the full might of the Commonwealth government, after it had compulsorily purchased 4.1 acres to extend the broadcasting facilities of the ABC in the 1960s. Having lost two court cases, she combined her efforts with the National Trust to successfully save the property for the people of Victoria. She received this news shortly before she died in 1972, aged seventy-eight. As Henry Bolte, Victorian premier of the time remarked, 'Few people have worked so hard to give so much away'.
The Trust now runs Rippon Lea as a museum, conserving the architecture and the landscape, and presenting the social history of the owners and their servants. Visitors to Rippon Lea enter a mansion preserved as the Jones family lived in it after the 1938 modernisation. In the pleasure garden the Sargood era is evoked by staging a range of performing arts events including opera, theatre, chamber music and outdoor activities.