Photographer, John Harland spent over a decade in the 1970s living in the house with his family - including daughter Ruth. Over the years, he captured a variety of photos around the house. These include intimate portraits of other residents and visitors, Labassa's art group and also children at play.
John Harland in the 70s
John has captured a history of the house in pictures demonstrating what life was like for them in the 70s and early 80s.
Labassa has a multilayered history, starting with judge Richard Billing in 1862, who built an eight-roomed house on the site through to the extended 35 roomed house that eventually became part of the National Trust's collection of properties.
In the 1920s, Labassa was purchased from the widow of John Boyd Watson II and sectioned off into flats. From the 1920s until the 1980s when the National Trust purchased the property, the house was home to over 700 people. The majority of these were bohemians, artists and musicians; many of who collaborated on various projects. John's daughter, Ruth, featured in a Super 8 film around 1980 entitled 'What did Ruth see?'.
Labassa's community was unlike any other in Melbourne and we're lucky enough to have former residents like John and Ruth come forward and share their interesting stories with us. While many of us will never have the experience of living in the 70s, stories such as these give us a glimpse into a fascinating historic past.
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'Living in the 70s' is part of Glen Eira's Story Telling Festival which runs from the 22nd of June - 9th of July.
Cost is $5 and includes light refreshments. From 6.30pm - 8.00pm on 28th June
Parking is available on Orrong Road, Caulfield North.