The Original Kembla Homestead

Kembla Homestead... living history.

Warrandyte 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 the property.

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.