Windamere Park offers short term accommodation to assist with the transition from home to future accommodation options or to give participants a short-term experience away from their regular home. The focus is to develop independent living skills such as cooking, washing, cleaning and self-care, healthy living options and ultimately prepare them for the next journey in life.
A Brief History of Windamere Park
In the days of colonial rule Buckland Park, as it became known, consisted of a huge land holding embracing some 20,000 acres. The property had been purchased by Capt. John Ellis and Capt. William Allan, two friends who had decided to jointly buy a property immediately upon their arrival in 1838. The new owners built a house on their property, and the bricks for this project were carried the 12,000 miles from England in one of John Ellis’ own ships, named the Buckinghamshire.
The bricks had been loaded deep in the hold as ballast, and today still remain as part of both the Windamere Homestead as well as the ‘Old Church’ structure, which in those days was used as the coach house and stables. As the colony grew in both wealth and population the Buckland Park Estate also grew in significance and established itself as ‘fundamental to the welfare of the colony’ thus described in the South Australian Archives by one of its first Governors.