Mansions, Homesteads and Significant Villas of Victoria

Mansions, homesteads & significant villas: Colonial, Victorian, Edwardian. I'd cover all Australia, but there are 100s in Victoria alone - so I'll start there...
Morgiana Homestead, Wannon (321km W of Melbourne). The run was taken up in 1842 by Alexander Cameron who passed it on to his nephew Donald. The large and influential Cameron family were Overlanders from Sydney, unlike most squatters in the area who were Overstraiters. Their original small stone homestead, which still survives, probably dates from before 1850. A second timber homestead (demolished) was replaced in c1900 by the present house, originally weatherboard and now brick veneer.

Morgiana Homestead, Wannon (321km W of Melbourne). The run was taken up in 1842 by Alexander Cameron who passed it on to his nephew Donald. The large and influential Cameron family were Overlanders from Sydney, unlike most squatters in the area who were Overstraiters. Their original small stone homestead, which still survives, probably dates from before 1850. A second timber homestead (demolished) was replaced in c1900 by the present house, originally weatherboard and now brick veneer.

Mooleric Homestead, Birregurra (134km SW of Melbourne), built in 1871, was designed by architects Davidson & Henderson for the pioneering merchant and politician, James Ford Strachan. In 1923 a bluestone double-storey wing was added, with a corner bay window placed to command a view of the garden and distant Otway Ranges. Botanist William Guilfoyle designed the garden in 1903 for the then owner, Mrs Isabella Ramsay. The Ramsay family have owned the property since 1899.

Mooleric Homestead, Birregurra (134km SW of Melbourne), built in 1871, was designed by architects Davidson & Henderson for the pioneering merchant and politician, James Ford Strachan. In 1923 a bluestone double-storey wing was added, with a corner bay window placed to command a view of the garden and distant Otway Ranges. Botanist William Guilfoyle designed the garden in 1903 for the then owner, Mrs Isabella Ramsay. The Ramsay family have owned the property since 1899.

Mount Boninyong, Scotsburn (120km W of Melbourne ), sited on the side of extinct volcano, Mt Buninyong, was first settled in 1839 by Andrew and Celia Scott (reputedly the first white woman in the area). The Scott family lived in a wattle & daub hut for 45 yrs until the large brick homestead, designed by Reed, Henderson and Smart, was built in 1884. The 7th and 8th generations of the family still live there. The gardens, laid out in 1845, are among the oldest surviving gardens in Victoria.

Mount Boninyong, Scotsburn (120km W of Melbourne ), sited on the side of extinct volcano, Mt Buninyong, was first settled in 1839 by Andrew and Celia Scott (reputedly the first white woman in the area). The Scott family lived in a wattle & daub hut for 45 yrs until the large brick homestead, designed by Reed, Henderson and Smart, was built in 1884. The 7th and 8th generations of the family still live there. The gardens, laid out in 1845, are among the oldest surviving gardens in Victoria.

Moondah Gatehouse at Mount Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.

Moondah Gatehouse at Mount Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mortat Homestead, Goroke (368km NW of Melbourne), is a large two-storey house built before 1864 in sandstone ashlar. It was constructed for David Affleck who had emigrated from Scotland in 1838 at the age of six with his parents and siblings. His brothers held the leases on adjoining runs: Rosebank of 15,000 acres and Pleasant Banks of 42,000 acres. The Mortat homestead complex retains an early small stable building of slab construction.

Mortat Homestead, Goroke (368km NW of Melbourne), is a large two-storey house built before 1864 in sandstone ashlar. It was constructed for David Affleck who had emigrated from Scotland in 1838 at the age of six with his parents and siblings. His brothers held the leases on adjoining runs: Rosebank of 15,000 acres and Pleasant Banks of 42,000 acres. The Mortat homestead complex retains an early small stable building of slab construction.

Moondah, Mount Eliza (60km S of Melbourne), is a 42 room Italian Renaissance style mansion built 1888 for James Grice on 251acres overlooking the bay, and near his father's mansion, Manyung (Norman House). The estate's gatehouse was probably based on Parramatta Park gatehouse in Sydney. Sir Reginald Ansett purchased Moondah in 1947 for use as a luxury hotel. Sold in 1957, it served for 59 yrs as a school campus until sold in 2016 for almost $40 million. It is now a retirement village.

Moondah, Mount Eliza (60km S of Melbourne), is a 42 room Italian Renaissance style mansion built 1888 for James Grice on 251acres overlooking the bay, and near his father's mansion, Manyung (Norman House). The estate's gatehouse was probably based on Parramatta Park gatehouse in Sydney. Sir Reginald Ansett purchased Moondah in 1947 for use as a luxury hotel. Sold in 1957, it served for 59 yrs as a school campus until sold in 2016 for almost $40 million. It is now a retirement village.

Mosspennoch, East Melbourne, is an Italianate mansion designed by Charles Webb and built in 1881 (ballroom added 1890) for James Liddell Purves, QC, MLA, who lived there until 1903. After his departure, it was used as a boarding house, divided into flats, occupied by the Red Cross, adapted as medical suites and then for 20 years remained unoccupied, rundown and vandalised. It is now being restored and converted into six luxury apartments.

Mosspennoch, East Melbourne, is an Italianate mansion designed by Charles Webb and built in 1881 (ballroom added 1890) for James Liddell Purves, QC, MLA, who lived there until 1903. After his departure, it was used as a boarding house, divided into flats, occupied by the Red Cross, adapted as medical suites and then for 20 years remained unoccupied, rundown and vandalised. It is now being restored and converted into six luxury apartments.

Moranghurk, She Oaks (97km W of Melbourne), is one of the oldest pastoral properties in Victoria, having been settled in 1840 by Scottish squatters Dugald McPherson and William Taylor. The 1845-46 homestead, a rare example of early Australian Colonial style, is built around a central axis with hand-sawn timber slabs fixed vertically over the frame. The original roof was shingles fixed on rough bush pole rafters.

Moranghurk, She Oaks (97km W of Melbourne), is one of the oldest pastoral properties in Victoria, having been settled in 1840 by Scottish squatters Dugald McPherson and William Taylor. The 1845-46 homestead, a rare example of early Australian Colonial style, is built around a central axis with hand-sawn timber slabs fixed vertically over the frame. The original roof was shingles fixed on rough bush pole rafters.

Mooramong Homestead, Skipton (173km W of Melbourne), was built for pioneer Alexander Anderson in 1873. In the 1920s it was bought by racing identity L.K.S. Mackinnon for his grazier son Scobie, who, visiting England for the Coronation in 1937, met and married '20s Hollywood star, Claire Adams. Architect Marcus Martin modernised the homestead for the couple in 1938 and they lived there in great style until their deaths in the 1970s, when the estate was bequeathed to the National Trust.

Mooramong Homestead, Skipton (173km W of Melbourne), was built for pioneer Alexander Anderson in 1873. In the 1920s it was bought by racing identity L.K.S. Mackinnon for his grazier son Scobie, who, visiting England for the Coronation in 1937, met and married '20s Hollywood star, Claire Adams. Architect Marcus Martin modernised the homestead for the couple in 1938 and they lived there in great style until their deaths in the 1970s, when the estate was bequeathed to the National Trust.

Monomeith Park, Monomeith (80km SE of Melbourne) has been owned for over 100 years by 3 generations of the Bourke family, (now for sale - May '17).The homestead complex includes a large weatherboard verandahed house and bricked underground water tank, both dating from 1899, original timber stables, woolshed, large hay shed and other outbuildings, and significant mature tree plantings. As well as cattle, the Bourkes bred horses; two Garryowen winners came from Monomeith Park.

Monomeith Park, Monomeith (80km SE of Melbourne) has been owned for over 100 years by 3 generations of the Bourke family, (now for sale - May '17).The homestead complex includes a large weatherboard verandahed house and bricked underground water tank, both dating from 1899, original timber stables, woolshed, large hay shed and other outbuildings, and significant mature tree plantings. As well as cattle, the Bourkes bred horses; two Garryowen winners came from Monomeith Park.

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