Hiawatha, Brighton, was first known as Ratho. In 1881 Andrew Thomson and John Niven, partners in a publishing business, purchased 39 acres and built twin mansions, Ratho and Chevy Chase, less than 100m apart, but each on its own 10 acre block. In c1887 Al

Hiawatha, Brighton, was first known as Ratho. In 1881 Andrew Thomson and John Niven, partners in a publishing business, purchased 39 acres and built twin mansions, Ratho and Chevy Chase, less than 100m apart, but each on its own 10 acre block. In c1887 Al

Chevy Chase, Brighton, and a sister residence Ratho (later Hiawatha) were erected by two business partners. Built in 1881 Chevy Chase now stands on an area of land much reduced from its original estate. The house features a two storey cast-iron verandah on the north-west and south faces of the building reflecting the form of the two bay windows on the west facade. The house is otherwise dominated by a three storey tower with parapet balustrading and urns intact at each corner.

Chevy Chase, Brighton, and a sister residence Ratho (later Hiawatha) were erected by two business partners. Built in 1881 Chevy Chase now stands on an area of land much reduced from its original estate. The house features a two storey cast-iron verandah on the north-west and south faces of the building reflecting the form of the two bay windows on the west facade. The house is otherwise dominated by a three storey tower with parapet balustrading and urns intact at each corner.

Bonfield, Brighton, is a historically significant beachside mansion located in an exclusive enclave on Brighton’s Golden Mile. Built in 1860 and designed by Alfred L Smith – whose architectural achievements include Melbourne’s Supreme Courts and Library and the Athenaeum Theatre – the home is believed to have been built for Lawrence Cockburn, the son of Lord Cockburn who at one point was solicitor-general of Scotland. Bonfield is recorded as one of Brighton’s first homes and is listed on…

Bonfield, Brighton, is a historically significant beachside mansion located in an exclusive enclave on Brighton’s Golden Mile. Built in 1860 and designed by Alfred L Smith – whose architectural achievements include Melbourne’s Supreme Courts and Library and the Athenaeum Theatre – the home is believed to have been built for Lawrence Cockburn, the son of Lord Cockburn who at one point was solicitor-general of Scotland. Bonfield is recorded as one of Brighton’s first homes and is listed on…

Blair Athol, Brighton, was designed by architect Lloyd Tayler and built in 1870 for squatter William Campbell, who lived in the residence until 1883. It is a grand double-storey Italianate bichromatic brick villa with Gothic influences including pointed segmental arches above the windows. Formerly sitting in expansive grounds, a portion of site was sold in 1906 and by 1912 most of the property had been subdivided into allotments. It may have been named after the Scottish whisky distillery…

Blair Athol, Brighton, was designed by architect Lloyd Tayler and built in 1870 for squatter William Campbell, who lived in the residence until 1883. It is a grand double-storey Italianate bichromatic brick villa with Gothic influences including pointed segmental arches above the windows. Formerly sitting in expansive grounds, a portion of site was sold in 1906 and by 1912 most of the property had been subdivided into allotments. It may have been named after the Scottish whisky distillery…

Kiora, Brighton (Melbourne), was built in 1891 at the very end of Melbourne's boom and is an outstanding and intact example of a boom-style mansion. The first owner, and almost certainly the designer, was John Russell Brown, an architect with the Public W

Kiora, Brighton (Melbourne), was built in 1891 at the very end of Melbourne's boom and is an outstanding and intact example of a boom-style mansion. The first owner, and almost certainly the designer, was John Russell Brown, an architect with the Public W

Kamesburgh Mansion, Brighton (Melbourne), is a large two storey, rendered brick Italianate mansion set in an extensive garden. It was built in 1874 for businessman William Kerr Thomson. Thomson had begun as an employee of the James McEwan hardware company, but rose to take over the company after McEwan's death in 1868. By 1872 he had become wealthy enough to buy 12 acres in Brighton and engage leading architect Lloyd Tayler and well-known builder David Mitchell (father of Nellie Melba) to…

Kamesburgh Mansion, Brighton (Melbourne), is a large two storey, rendered brick Italianate mansion set in an extensive garden. It was built in 1874 for businessman William Kerr Thomson. Thomson had begun as an employee of the James McEwan hardware company, but rose to take over the company after McEwan's death in 1868. By 1872 he had become wealthy enough to buy 12 acres in Brighton and engage leading architect Lloyd Tayler and well-known builder David Mitchell (father of Nellie Melba) to…

Harefield, Brighton, was built in 1890 for Arthur C. Groom, MLA 1886-92, MHR 1901-03, and principal of Hamilton Groom & Co., stock and station agents. It is a substantial late Victorian Italianate villa with a symmetrical aspect to the south consisting of a prominent central tower, stained glass surrounds to the front entrance, flanking inner pavilions, iron verandah with coupled columns, and projecting outer pavilions with faceted pinnacle roofs and bay windows. To the west a similarly…

Harefield, Brighton, was built in 1890 for Arthur C. Groom, MLA 1886-92, MHR 1901-03, and principal of Hamilton Groom & Co., stock and station agents. It is a substantial late Victorian Italianate villa with a symmetrical aspect to the south consisting of a prominent central tower, stained glass surrounds to the front entrance, flanking inner pavilions, iron verandah with coupled columns, and projecting outer pavilions with faceted pinnacle roofs and bay windows. To the west a similarly…

Balmerino, Hawthorn East, was designed and built in the 1880s by renowned architect John Beswicke. Built on the high ground of prestigious Harcourt Rd, it is a splendid Victorian Italianate house with a bayed front, a colonnaded balcony and a tower that offers grand city views. But though it holds its own amongst its neighbours, it is merely one of several aesthetically pleasing Beswicke designed mansions on the road. Beginning in the 1870s he constructed houses, many for his own family…

Balmerino, Hawthorn East, was designed and built in the 1880s by renowned architect John Beswicke. Built on the high ground of prestigious Harcourt Rd, it is a splendid Victorian Italianate house with a bayed front, a colonnaded balcony and a tower that offers grand city views. But though it holds its own amongst its neighbours, it is merely one of several aesthetically pleasing Beswicke designed mansions on the road. Beginning in the 1870s he constructed houses, many for his own family…

Cluden, Brighton East, was originally built by Thomas Wilson in 1871 as a humble two-roomed house, then extended in 1872 to seven rooms. After its sale to John Ferguson, it was completed in its current majestic form in 1891. The architect was Frederick Williams. This Italianate mansion is larger and more impressive than most of similar style. It is constructed of rendered brick, and its three-storey tower with balustrade parapet is claimed to be the tallest in Brighton, with 360-degree…

Cluden, Brighton East, was originally built by Thomas Wilson in 1871 as a humble two-roomed house, then extended in 1872 to seven rooms. After its sale to John Ferguson, it was completed in its current majestic form in 1891. The architect was Frederick Williams. This Italianate mansion is larger and more impressive than most of similar style. It is constructed of rendered brick, and its three-storey tower with balustrade parapet is claimed to be the tallest in Brighton, with 360-degree…

Billilla Historical Mansion - Brighton, Melbourne by raaen99, via Flickr

Billilla Historical Mansion - Brighton, Melbourne by raaen99, via Flickr

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