Sunday 25 February 2024 | Open: 1 pm - 4 pm

Address: 24 George Street, Dulcot

Note: This is a general open; however, you must register to attend the property.


 The 'Old Mud House', constructed in 1837, served as the Dulcot school from the mid-1870s until 1899, when a dedicated school opened in response to a government initiative to provide rural children with education close to their farms. Originally a private residence, the Mud House became inadequate due to rising student numbers, prompting the construction of a new state school and teacher's residence in 1898. However, demographic changes and improved transportation favoured Richmond and Cambridge schools, leading to a decline in students post-Federation, rendering Dulcot State School obsolete by 1910.

Leased by the Hanslow family in 1910, the Old School House was later purchased in 1925, and transformed into a family home. Over the years, the Hanslows modified the Federation schoolhouse, dividing the classroom in 1944 and expanding the house in 1957. The Hanslow's great-grandson, Noel Frankham, purchased the house in 2005 and undertook extensive renovations in 2010, restoring the classroom and front verandah, adding bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, and a deck, enhancing the residence's appeal and capturing stunning views of the Coal River Valley and Pittwater. The property has remained within the Hanslow family, with continuous updates reflecting its evolving role as a cherished family home.

In conjunction with Richmond 200, Open House Hobart is super excited to announce Open House Richmond. This special one-off event will be held on Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 February 2024, and will form part of an extensive program that celebrates Richmond’s bicentenary. Open House Hobart is an annual architecture program that opens some of Tasmania’s most unique buildings to the public, including private homes and historic buildings across lutruwita Tasmania. We acknowledge that Open House takes place on the land of the traditional owners of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pay respects to the palawa people, Tasmanian Aboriginal Community and to Elders - past, present and emerging.

For detail of the full Open House Richmond 2024 program, head to

Ticket Conditions

Bookings open TBC.  Tickets are free but are also limited and in high demand – if you are unable to attend please cancel your ticket via booking link or contact the Open House Hobart team:   


Free - Bookings required.
Note: This is a general open; however, you must register to attend the property.


Open House Richmond is produced in conjunction with Richmond Bicentenary. 

Open House Hobart is proudly supported by our partners:

Major Partners: Tasmanian Government, Futago
Partners: Access Solution, Brickworks, Lysaght, Harrison Agents, TasPorts
Supported by: City of Hobart 
Media Partners: ArchitectureAU

Refunds and cancellations

Please refer to our terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event you are agreeing to these terms.