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Hear the personal stories of six fascinating families who once called Labassa home. Includes the first public showing of Labassa’s recently restored tower.

Once home to more than 700 residents over 143 years, Labassa is unique among Victoria’s heritage buildings. Come along to hear the personal stories of six families whose lives reflect Melbourne’s own – millionaire Alexander Robertson and his socialite daughters, speculators Stanley and Lillian Sergeant, Rosamond Love and her celebrity sister, World War 2 fundraisers Maie and Margaret Brown, post-war migrants the Apfelbaums, and, hippie pop star Hans Poulsen and his band.

The talk, which includes a selection of photos and music from the Labassa Lives archives, will be followed by a tour of the rooms in which the families resided including Labassa’s Tower. See how Eva and Nina Robertson arranged their soirees in the Drawing Room, how Mr Sergeant made a quick return on his investment in Labassa and how the Apfelbaum family left their mark on Labassa.

Pre-talk refreshments are included in the entry fee.

Content: National Trust (Victoria)

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
National Trust Members