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Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

Things to do near Melbourne and what to see around Daylesford. Make sure you include a visit to Issa Ouattara’s Sculpture Garden, near Daylesford, and other attractions to make a great day include Lavendula Lavender farm, the Cricket Willow and the Chocolate Mill.

Issa has a constantly changing exhibition with sculptures, sculpt-art in the form of indoor and outdoor furniture, water features and other functional items in a tranquil setting.

Visitors are most welcome to the garden between 10 and 4pm Mon to Sun. However to be sure to meet Issa please call ahead on 0487 359 722 or email on

A piece of history  The sculpture garden is also set in a piece of Victorian history. The church grounds include three recognised heritage features: the church, a monument and a sign. These include the 1858 historic Wesleyan-Methodist Church itself as well as a monument which commemorates Edward Stone Parker, Assistant Protector of Aboriginals and Methodist preacher, who established the Loddon Aboriginal station homestead in 1841.

“Mount Franklin was the territory of the Gunangara Gundidj clan of the Dja Dja Wurrung”(1). Ethnographical and archaeological evidence indicates that frequent large ceremonial gatherings took place in the area (2).

To the Dja Dja Wurrung people the area was known as Larne-ne-barramul or the habitat of the emu which is recognised in a very small way with a historic sign for “Lar-ne-barramul” just near the E.S.Parker monument.  At the time of the Loddon Aboriginal Station a homestead, church, school and several out buildings were initially constructed.

“Franklinford provided a very important focus for the Dja Dja Wurrung during the 1840s where they received a measure of protection and rations, but they continued with their traditional cultural practices and semi-nomadic lifestyle as much as they could until they were forcibly resettled in 1864 (3). Issa hopes to learn more of the indigenous history of the area especially from local elders and honour this with his future work. Other buildings of interest include the adjacent private property with its 1870s constructed church. While just across the road is the Franklinford Common School which was built in the mid-1860s, with the Franklinford Hall listed on the Victorian Heritage list, as one of the few schools of its kind still surviving in its original rural setting.

  1. MacDonald, Janet; Garry Powell (2008). Double Gold: 1870’s Mining and Farming Diaries. Windsor, Victoria: Prahran Mechanics Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-9804536-2-1.
  2. Daniel Catrice, Victoria’s Heritage. Mount Franklin, Hepburn Regional Park, Parks Victoria, 1995. Accessed 25 December 2008
  3. Bain Attwood, pp23-36, My Country. A history of the Djadja Wurrung 1837-1864, Monash Publications in History:25, 1999, ISSN 08180032

Nearby Mount Franklin was known as Lalgambook.