Kembla Homestead... living history.
was the site of the first official discovery of gold in Victoria
in 1851. It has also been home to artists, potters and craftspeople
since the 1890s.
Kembla was built as a holiday house in 1912
by Edward Lewis whose engineering works manufactured steam engines,
pumps and built the first aeroplane engine in Australia. The property
was named in celebration of their largest contract to date, the
construction of a coal loading plant at Port Kembla.
In the Great Depression the company employed
some of their workers on sustenance relief to build the present
outdoor swimming pool, surrounding stone terrace and gardens on
Kembla was eventually sold by the Lewis family
in the 1960s to the parents of television entertainer and producer
Steve Vizard who lived there until 1974.
The current owners have preserved and enhanced this fascinating piece of Warrandyte's history.