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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Mintaro, Monegeetta (56km N of Melbourne), is a Victorian Italianate mansion designed by James Gall in 1882 for Captain Robert Gardner. During a 78 year ownership by the Rae family its remarkable interiors survived almost intact, mainly due to neglect as the house was never 'renovated'. They sold it in a derelict state for $3million in 2012, but it was back on the market just a few months later. The second buyers have embarked upon a complete restoration of the house.

Mintaro, Monegeetta (56km N of Melbourne), is a Victorian Italianate mansion designed by James Gall in 1882 for Captain Robert Gardner. During a 78 year ownership by the Rae family its remarkable interiors survived almost intact, mainly due to neglect as the house was never 'renovated'. They sold it in a derelict state for $3million in 2012, but it was back on the market just a few months later. The second buyers have embarked upon a complete restoration of the house.

Monivae Homestead, Hamilton Sth (310 km SW of Melbourne). The land was taken up by Acheson ffrench in c1839. He built a large homestead, but following his death in 1870 it was bought by James Thomson, a Scot, who built (on a different site) the present bluestone Italianate mansion, designed by English-born William Smith. Thomson lived there with his family of 11 children until his death in 1946, after which it was briefly a boarding school. There are plans to restore it as a tourist…

Monivae Homestead, Hamilton Sth (310 km SW of Melbourne). The land was taken up by Acheson ffrench in c1839. He built a large homestead, but following his death in 1870 it was bought by James Thomson, a Scot, who built (on a different site) the present bluestone Italianate mansion, designed by English-born William Smith. Thomson lived there with his family of 11 children until his death in 1946, after which it was briefly a boarding school. There are plans to restore it as a tourist…

Minto, Merricks (Mornington Peninsula, 87km S of Melbourne), was purchased 1874 by Melbourne nurseryman T.C. Cole for his son, George W. Cole, who built the house in the 1880s of bricks reportedly baked onsite. George trialled paspalum and pine trees at Minto; his father, an associate of Von Mueller, sent exotic trees to plant for experimentation. Many still stand, inc. a rare avenue of stone pines. Minto has had a very long association with the regionally prominent Cole family.

Minto, Merricks (Mornington Peninsula, 87km S of Melbourne), was purchased 1874 by Melbourne nurseryman T.C. Cole for his son, George W. Cole, who built the house in the 1880s of bricks reportedly baked onsite. George trialled paspalum and pine trees at Minto; his father, an associate of Von Mueller, sent exotic trees to plant for experimentation. Many still stand, inc. a rare avenue of stone pines. Minto has had a very long association with the regionally prominent Cole family.

'Mintaro' a derelict 1882 mansion in Monegeetta near Romsey. The house has made a memorable backdrop in several TV series, inc: 'The Broken Shore', 'Dr Blake' and 'Glitch'. It was auctioned twice in 2012; the second buyers have begun its major restoration.

'Mintaro' a derelict 1882 mansion in Monegeetta near Romsey. The house has made a memorable backdrop in several TV series, inc: 'The Broken Shore', 'Dr Blake' and 'Glitch'. It was auctioned twice in 2012; the second buyers have begun its major restoration.

Mintaro, Monegeetta. The derelict 1882 mansion is situated near Romsey in Victoria. It is a rendered brick Italianate building with a two-storey loggia running across the front and part way along two sides. The entrance porch on the north side has free-standing Doric columns and is surmounted by an impressive three storey tower with a belvedere. The house was auctioned twice in 2012 and is presently being restored.

Mintaro, Monegeetta. The derelict 1882 mansion is situated near Romsey in Victoria. It is a rendered brick Italianate building with a two-storey loggia running across the front and part way along two sides. The entrance porch on the north side has free-standing Doric columns and is surmounted by an impressive three storey tower with a belvedere. The house was auctioned twice in 2012 and is presently being restored.

Upstairs bedroom? Mintaro,  Monegeetta (nr Romsey). Though derelict, the mansion is a rare surviving example of a Boom period house with an intact interior decorative scheme. Interiors at this time were extremely elaborate, but surviving examples are rare. Original decorative schemes for entire rooms in Mintaro survive and are still visible. The house is presently being restored.

Upstairs bedroom? Mintaro, Monegeetta (nr Romsey). Though derelict, the mansion is a rare surviving example of a Boom period house with an intact interior decorative scheme. Interiors at this time were extremely elaborate, but surviving examples are rare. Original decorative schemes for entire rooms in Mintaro survive and are still visible. The house is presently being restored.

Mintaro, Monegeetta (56km N of Melbourne), is a Victorian Italianate mansion designed by James Gall in 1882 for Captain Robert Gardner. During its later 78 year ownership by the Rae family its remarkable interiors survived almost intact, mainly due to neglect as the house was never 'renovated'. They sold it in a derelict state for $3million in 2012, but it was back on the market just a few months later. The second buyers have embarked upon a complete restoration of the house.

Mintaro, Monegeetta (56km N of Melbourne), is a Victorian Italianate mansion designed by James Gall in 1882 for Captain Robert Gardner. During its later 78 year ownership by the Rae family its remarkable interiors survived almost intact, mainly due to neglect as the house was never 'renovated'. They sold it in a derelict state for $3million in 2012, but it was back on the market just a few months later. The second buyers have embarked upon a complete restoration of the house.

Mintaro, entrance hall from the stairs. Presently being restored, the 1882 house is a rare surviving example of a Boom period mansion with a relatively intact interior decorative scheme. Features include painted finishes such as stencilling, marbling and wood graining, intact wall and ceiling papers, original gas light fittings, door furniture, tiles, window dressings, cabinetry and decorative schemes for functional and servants' areas such as the bathroom and butler's panty. John McCoy…

Mintaro, entrance hall from the stairs. Presently being restored, the 1882 house is a rare surviving example of a Boom period mansion with a relatively intact interior decorative scheme. Features include painted finishes such as stencilling, marbling and wood graining, intact wall and ceiling papers, original gas light fittings, door furniture, tiles, window dressings, cabinetry and decorative schemes for functional and servants' areas such as the bathroom and butler's panty. John McCoy…

Mintaro - looking into the entrance hall from the dining room. The derelict 1882 mansion in Monegeetta , Victoria, is a rare surviving example of a Boom period house with an intact interior decorative scheme. Interiors at this time were extremely elaborate, but surviving examples are rare. Original decorative schemes for entire rooms in Mintaro survive and are still visible. The house is presently being restored. | John McCoy | Flickr

Mintaro - looking into the entrance hall from the dining room. The derelict 1882 mansion in Monegeetta , Victoria, is a rare surviving example of a Boom period house with an intact interior decorative scheme. Interiors at this time were extremely elaborate, but surviving examples are rare. Original decorative schemes for entire rooms in Mintaro survive and are still visible. The house is presently being restored. | John McCoy | Flickr

Front door and entrance hall, Mintaro, Monegeetta. The 1882 house is a rare surviving example of a Boom period mansion with a relatively intact interior decorative scheme. Features include painted finishes such as stencilling, marbling and wood graining, intact wall and ceiling papers, original gas light fittings, door furniture, tiles, window dressings, cabinetry and decorative schemes for functional and servants' areas such as the bathroom and butler's panty. John McCoy | Flickr

Front door and entrance hall, Mintaro, Monegeetta. The 1882 house is a rare surviving example of a Boom period mansion with a relatively intact interior decorative scheme. Features include painted finishes such as stencilling, marbling and wood graining, intact wall and ceiling papers, original gas light fittings, door furniture, tiles, window dressings, cabinetry and decorative schemes for functional and servants' areas such as the bathroom and butler's panty. John McCoy | Flickr

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