Bishopscourt is one of Australia's most historic houses, dating back to 1836 and having been the residence of every Anglican Bishop of Tasmania from 1869 to 2004.
Spanning three centuries, it has been a place of religion, education, society gatherings, a place of opportunity, and a place of leisure. It is part of the story of Australia’s colonial history written in one of Australia's oldest and finest heritage houses.
Many characters lived or spent time at Bishopscourt: read about the Colourful Bankrupt Attorney General, the Brave Woman & Lady Hamilton and more in 'Bishopscourt Characters and Stories'.
One of the most interesting families to live here was the Montgomery family. The house changed considerably during a major building phase in 1889 in preparation for the arrival of a new bishop, Bishop Montgomery, and his family.
One of the children, Bernard Montgomery, 1st. Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (Monty), became a noted British Commander and hero, but his childhood in Tasmania is not so well known.
Field Marshall Montgomery of Alamein spent his childhood in Tasmania, and the ideas and attitudes he formed during those crucial years stayed with him all his life. He was the third son of Henry Montgomery, Bishop of Tasmania from 1889-1901. Monty went on to become the most successful British General of World War II. He never lost a campaign. Read more here - Monty.
Read more about the building of Bishopscourt over the years here.