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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...
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Mandalay, Northcote (Melbourne) Situated on Rucker's Hill, 'Mandalay' is a beautiful and complex Edwardian era Queen Anne mansion. It stands alongside its mirrored twin 'Lugano'. Both houses were built in 1912 by master builder Laurence Edwards. 'Lugano' is the left hand plan and 'Mandalay' the right hand plan, otherwise they are identical. by Dean-Melbourne

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Maretimo, Portland (357km W of Melbourne), was built c1854 for Scottish-born gentleman pastoralist and parliamentarian, John Norman McLeod. The architect was probably John Barrow. The 22-room basalt colonial Georgian house overlooks the bay, and has been called one of the most beautiful of its period in Australia. Its finely crafted Regency interiors are impressive. In 1925 the house was bought by sisters Eleanor Downing and Edith Smith, who ran it as a guest house over summer.

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The Manse, formerly Stanthorpe, St Kilda (Melbourne), was built c1875 for merchant Alexander Sutherland. With portico and elegant balcony, the classical residence is most likely the work of architects Crouch & Wilson. After Sutherland's death it was owned or rented by a few prominent men, inc politician Thomas Bent, then purchased by the Presbyterian church in 1919 for use as a manse. In 2000, following infrequent use and neglect, it was sold and renovated as commercial offices.

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Manor House, Bacchus Marsh (57km W of Melbourne). The land was taken up 1836 by Kenneth Clarke, one of the first pastoralists in the area. In 1838 Capt. William Bacchus, retired officer and English magistrate, took over the run and in 1846-7 built a Regency style house fit for a country gentleman. In 1856 it was sold to James Elijah Crook, whose family occupied it for the next 90 years. In 1959 it was one of the first properties to receive a Nat Trust classification.

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Marida Yallock, Boorcan (200km SW of Melbourne). In 1854 pioneer Daniel MacKinnon acquired the lease and built the first section of the homestead in Scottish vernacular style. In the 1860s-70s the central block and north wing were added in unusual harled bluestone (rough-textured lime plastering, common in Scotland). MacKinnon's descendants still occupy the homestead and have maintained and preserved the house, outbuildings and garden essentially in 19thC condition.

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Mandeville Hall is a magnificently ornate and detailed Italianate mansion built in 1877-78 in Melbourne's leafy suburb of Toorak. During the late 19th century boom period a number of these lavish residences were built for very rich pastoralists and industrialists of the time. In the early 1920's it became a Catholic girls school and still is to this day. During the 1990's the beautiful interior was restored to its original glory.

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Mandeville Hall - Toorak, Melbourne Mandeville Hall is a magnificently ornate and detailed Italianate mansion built in 1877-78 in Melbournes leafy suburb of Toorak. During the late 19th century boom period a number of these lavish residences were built for very rich pastoralists and industrialists of the time. In the early 1920s it became a Catholic girls school and still is to this day. During the 1990s the beautiful interior was restored to its original glory.

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Marathon, Mt Eliza (Mornington Peninsula), was built in 1914 for Gen. Harold W. Grimwade of the pharmaceutical business empire. Designed by architects Butler & Bradshaw, with 1924 extensions by Walter & Richard Butler, it is a notable example of a large beachside residence designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Its extensive terraced garden, also designed by Walter Butler, reflects the Arts and Crafts philosophy of garden design by creating outdoor 'rooms'.

Manor House, Bacchus Marsh (57km W of Melbourne). The land was taken up 1836 by Kenneth Clarke, one of the first pastoralists in the area. In 1838 Capt. William Bacchus, retired officer and English magistrate, took over the run and in 1846-7 built a Regency style house fit for a country gentleman. In 1856 it was sold to James Elijah Crook, whose family occupied it for the next 90 years. In 1959 it was one of the first properties to receive a Nat Trust classification.