Gippsland’s prominent McGauran family is selling landmark rural estate Nambrok,
with price hopes of about $20 million.
Dual North Melbourne premiership player Anthony Stevens — now an Elders Victoria sales executive — has listed the property at 3045 Princes Highway, Nambrok, which was once home to a history-making Melbourne Cup winner.
The 989ha property’s grand Victorian homestead was built in the 1860s for pastoralist and Gippsland pioneer John King, grandson of New South Wales’ third governor, Philip King.
From 1908, it belonged to the first female racehorse owner to win the Melbourne Cup, Edith Widdis, and her husband John.
Ms Widdis’s Patrobas trained at Nambrok before triumphing in the race that stops a nation in 1915, and has been since immortalised in a statue at nearby Rosedale.
The original brick stables that housed Patrobas remain in usable condition on the property, which is about 200km southeast of Melbourne.
The property’s owners since 1985, the McGaurans, are also renowned.
The late John McGauran was a prominent Melbourne hotelier, and two of his six children were federal politicians — Peter was a Gippsland MP for 25 years and a former agricultural minister, while Julian served as a senator.
The family originally arrived in Gippsland in 1873 to farm, Mr McGauran’s 2009 obituary stated.
The current generation said in a statement that “the time has come to see Nambrok flourish in the hands of new owners”.
“The family are grateful to have been custodians for the past three decades of a unique part of Gippsland agricultural history,” the statement said.
The spectacular four-bedroom homestead is the centrepiece of the property, offering views to the Great Dividing and the Strzelecki Ranges, and displaying a rare mix of Dutch, North Italian Renaissance and Lombardic Romanesque styles.
The estate also features a five-bedroom guesthouse, a three-bedroom manager’s residence, a mod-grass tennis court, original stables, several sheds, 18 catchment dams and four bores.
Mr Stevens — who has the listing with Nick Myer — said it was a “highly diverse asset suitable to a range of pursuits, including livestock, cropping, equine, and leisure and hospitality”.
The property’s expressions of interest campaign closes September 25.