The Emmaville Cottage is one of a number of key buildings around Orange with connections to one Australia’s best-known poets, Banjo Paterson. Along with Banjo Paterson Park on Ophir Rd, the Emmaville Cottage near the Botanic Gardens is a tangible link to the period more than 150 years ago when Paterson was born.
The prefabricated cottage is believed to date from the 1850s. The American redwood panels were shipped from the United States and assembled to build large numbers of cottages in Australia.
In Orange the cottage was previously located alongside the Waratahs sports fields, which were once part of the Narrambla Estate. The cottage is believed to be one of the last farm buildings from the Narrambla property. The Narrambla farming property was the where the mother of Banjo Paterson came to stay before the birth of her son in 1864.
The cottage was to be demolished to make way for new housing developments, however the Orange community advocated for its conservation. The cottage, now missing its lean-to and out buildings, was relocated to the Orange Botanic Gardens precinct in April 2013.
Restoration of the cottage was undertaken by the Orange Rotary Club, Orange City Council and other volunteers from the Orange community. The work by Rotary volunteers was celebrated on Sunday 16 Feb 2014 when former residents of the cottage cut a ribbon to signal the official opening.
The cottage is open daily from 9.00am – 4.00pm and is located in the Orange Botanic Gardens and Adventure Playground precinct. Further information can be obtained from Orange’s City Council’s Museum & Heritage Coordinator on 63938170 or email [email protected]
Plan your visit
7.30am till dusk
• Off street car parking available
• Dogs on leads are permitted
• Bike riding is not permitted in the gardens
• Guided tours for large groups are available on request
- Playground and BBQ facilities area available nearby at the Orange Adventure Playground
- Toilet facilities are available
- Function Centre – Contact Council to make a booking
- There are gently-sloping paths throughout the garden
- Accessible toilets