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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

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

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…

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Victorian mansion which incorporates French Second Empire roof forms. Completed in it was built for John Wagner, a partner of Cobb Co, and designed by architect Charles D'Ebro.

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.

Eastern Market in Melbourne,Victoria in 1874.A two-acre site for a 'general market'  on a block on the corner of Bourke and Stephen (now Exhibition) Streets.

Eastern Market in Melbourne,Victoria in two-acre site for a 'general market' on a block on the corner of Bourke and Stephen (now Exhibition) Streets.

Shows tram conductress Miss T. Thompson at work on the St. Kilda-Brighton line, Melbourne, Victoria. by State Library of Victoria Collections, via Flickr

Shows tram conductress Miss T. Thompson at work on the St. Kilda-Brighton line, Melbourne, Victoria. by State Library of Victoria Collections.

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Fairfield Homestead, Browns Plains, is an Italianate mansion built in 1889 for vigneron George Francis Morris to the designs of architects Gordon and Gordon. A ballroom extension was added in c1896. Morris was one of the greatest of Victoria's nineteenth century vignerons; in 1904 his property, Fairfield, was described as the country's largest vineyard and winery complex, with 700 acres of vines, extensive cellars and a staff of over 100. Morris was the third son of a Bristol Draper and…

Fairfield Homestead, Browns Plains, is an Italianate mansion built in 1889 for vigneron George Francis Morris to the designs of architects Gordon and Gordon. A ballroom extension was added in c1896. Morris was one of the greatest of Victoria's nineteenth century vignerons; in 1904 his property, Fairfield, was described as the country's largest vineyard and winery complex, with 700 acres of vines, extensive cellars and a staff of over 100. Morris was the third son of a Bristol Draper and…

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