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What lies beyond the grandeur of Melbourne's mansions?
In the third Hawthorn History Seminar organised by the Hawthorn Historical Society, taking place at 1 - 4 pm on Saturday 19th August, Professor of Architecture and architectural historian Miles Lewis AM will deliver the inaugural Michael O'Grady lecture. The lecture will focus on Melbourne's mansions and give some insight into their back stories.
While, as Professor Lewis notes, "our understanding of the larger houses of 19th century Melbourne is generally focused upon the grand rooms of few preserved examples, many of them in Hawthorn and neighbouring suburbs", the lecture will go beyond this to explore where the houses came from, what they imitated, and how they were financed. It will touch on some of the less glamorous aspects of these grand houses - the servants' halls, privy and stables.
Some practical information about the restoration of period homes will follow afternoon tea.
Image credit: No.1 Harcourt Street 'Talana' designed by renowned architect John Beswicke, 1900. Hawthorn Historical Society Image, G. Fernando, 2015