Saturday 23 February 2024 | Tours: 10 AM , 10:30 AM, 11 AM, 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM & 3:30 PM

Address: 472 Prossers Road, Richmond


Constructed in 1881 for David Hamilton Hughes (1853-1926), Morville stands as one of the last 19th-century country houses in the Coal River Valley. Situated at the heart of an 1,100 acre property, the eight-roomed house, along with a kitchen and servants' room, formed the central hub of an extensive homestead complex. Unfortunately, the outbuildings, including a stable, coach house, barns, manager's cottage, and workers' huts, were destroyed in the 1967 bushfires.

Designed by Henry Hunter (1832-1892), a prolific architect known for his Italianate and Classical style, Morville showcases the transition of Hunter's expertise from masonry to prominent weatherboard residential works. Hunter's renowned projects include the Royal Society of Tasmania Museum, Hobart Town Hall, and St Mary's Cathedral. Morville follows the earlier design of 'Howrah’ (the namesake of the suburb), contributing to Hunter's portfolio of timber residences for the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane after his relocation in 1888.

Hamilton Hughes sold Morville in 1888 upon his move to Ardilea in south Bridgewater. Hughes' nephew, Samuel Osborne McCausland (1862-1887), tragically died at Morville while visiting from Belfast, Ireland, at the age of 25. His memory is honoured by a white-marble monument in St Luke's Cemetery at Richmond, a poignant symbol of familial connection in the historic Coal River Valley.

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

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


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 Clarence, City of Hobart 
Media Partners: ArchitectureAU

Refunds and cancellations

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