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Osborne House was built in 1858 for local squatter, Robert Muirhead, who named the mansion after Osborne House in the Isle of Wight, England.
In 1900 the State Government of Victoria purchased the house as a country residence for the Governor of Victoria, although it was never used as such.
The Geelong Harbour Trust purchased the house in 1905 for 6000 pounds (A$12,000). A dining room and seven bedrooms were added in 1910, the Trust using Osborne House as a guest house for a number of years.
In 1913 the Navy took over the house to use as a naval college. Improvements to the buildings were carried out, including the erection of block of buildings as quarters for unmarried seamen, two new classrooms, and alterations to the main room to provided a large barrack for 28 cadets. The college was opened by the Governor General, Lord Thomas Denman on March 1, 1913, with Prime Minister Andrew Fisher also present. Lord Denman arrived by torpedo boat, with 200 invited guests arriving by train from Melbourne. The college housed 28 cadets, 4 petty officers, and 10 seamen, together with the professors instructors and domestics. The initial class of 28 cadets was chosen from 137 candidates. It was considered as a permanent location for the naval college as it was close to rail transport and had safe anchorage in Corio Bay, but the college was relocated to HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay in 1915.
During World War I Osborne House was used as a military hospital, and between 1919 and 1924 was used as a base by the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service for the J-class submarine.
The Geelong Harbour Trust regained control in 1929, with a caretaker being the only resident. In 1937 the Shire of Corio council purchased the house for use as shire offices.
Between 1939 and 1945 the Department of Defence again took over the site as an army training centre.
Today the Geelong Maritime Museum is located in what were the stables.
Osborne House (Geelong) estas turisma vidindaĵo, unu el la Historic house museums en Geelong West , Aŭstralio . Ĝi situas: 9.3 km de Geelong, 14 km de Corio, 190 km de Melburno. Read further