land subdivision plan of McIlwrick Street, east of Hornby Morgan, Robert R. [surveyor]

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Morgan, Robert R. [surveyor]
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Land subdivision; Auctions; Historic houses
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Photo of 'Grong Grong' in Toorak Road. A Morris Minor and two other vehicles are parked in the circular drive in front of the portico. "Grong Grong's ground plan, structure, interior design and garden setting all reflected Butler's eclectic interests. The house was one of the most impressive buildings of the Federation period". 'Grong Grong' was used by the Defence Department for an Air Force administration school and a hospital and rest area for servicemen. The premises eventually became a technical and learning centre for the Post Master General's Department and was finally demolished in 1964 when Grong Grong Court was created. 'Grong Grong' was designed by architect Walter Butler. The house in Toorak Road was built for Mrs Isabella Ross-Soden in 1907, after their return from a tour of Asia and Europe. Butler created a villa of twenty rooms, suited to the Australian environment; the wide eaves protected the sunny side of the house and all the main rooms and bedrooms opened directly onto balconies or terraced gardens, also designed by Butler.
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234855980

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