Dromkeen Homestead was built in 1889 as the country estate of Victorian Supreme Court Judge Arthur Chomley (1837–1914). Dromkeen was named after his mother’s family home in Dromkeen, in County Limerick in Ireland. Located at 1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Road Riddells Creek.
From 1973, Joyce and Courtney Oldmeadow used the homestead as a private residence and educational bookshop, with a public display of original artworks and manuscripts from Australian children’s picture books. It became a home for Australian children’s literature. Scholastic Australia purchased the homestead in 1985 and continued to maintain the Dromkeen Collection until it was moved to the State Library in 2012.
In 2013 Dromkeen was purchased by the Joiner family and reopened as a centre for Australian children’s literature. Dromkeen is once more host to hundreds of visitors, including school and tertiary groups, offering the opportunity to take part in workshops run by Australian authors and illustrators and also to view original picture book illustration.
Celebrate Australian Children’s Literature at Dromkeen
Sunday 11 March 2018
Exhibition Opening & Picturebook Launch
“Never Lose Hope” – The Story of Australia’s First School.
By award winning author/illustrator Mark Wilson
Followed by afternoon workshops with Mark Wilson, Mark McBride & Corinne Fenton