Curlewis woolies Coriyule mural

15-09-21 Coriyule House  illustraion colour CCE18092015

Clarke Hopkins Clarke, the architects for Woolworths and Bayview Central Curlewis, asked Bayview for its thoughts regarding a theme for the retail and commercial hub.

Knowing the incredible history of the Curlewis area, the Coriyule Homestead immediately came to mind.

Aside from its impressive architecture and that it is reportedly the oldest remaining structure on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Coriyule Homestead has a rich, historical background focused on the pioneer spirits of its two lady squatters, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb.

Even in today’s era of modern transport and equipment, taking on an agricultural enterprise of over 10,000 acres is a formidable task. However, Ann and Caroline managed to do just this, as women working against the odds in the colony’s first years.

After obtaining the Coriyule freehold in 1848, the two women commissioned Melbourne architect Charles Laing to design Coriyule Homestead in a unique gothic revival style. A style that is just as impressive today as it was back then.

Coriyule Homestead has undergone a recent restoration, but the original architectural plans have been incorporated into the artwork of the Bayview Central shopping centre corridor, allowing them to be enjoyed daily by Bayview’s residents and visitors.

However, there is an error in the shopping centre graphics and Bayview has two shopping centre vouchers to give away to the first two people who correctly identify the error - $200 for the first person and $100 for the second.

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If you are interested in keeping in touch with news and events regarding the Bellarine’s Pioneering Women  - please like the Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcomb Facebook page  

The Location

Bayview Central Curlewis – is just 15 minutes from the Geelong CBD and 80 minutes to central Melbourne.