Keroongola, 279-301 Orrong Road

Looking north across the lawns Looking north across the lawns Imperial Institute series of bromide photographs of Victoria, Vol. 1 : Homes and scenery, SLV Pictures Collection
Other Names: Fern Lodge, Dittisham, Montague Estate
Date Built: 1869 ca


Builder: unknown
Cost: unknown
Owners: Richard H. Thatcher, Thomas Loader, Frederick Peppin, Harry Browse Gibbs 

Formed by Crown allotment no.197B, purchased by John Bakewell at Government Land sale 1856.9.15, and the later purchase of parts of the adjoining Crown allotment no. 197A from William Kershaw.


The house was built in ca. 1870 for Richard H Thatcher and originally called Fern Lodge. Located at NW corner of Orrong Road and Inkerman Street it had extensive grounds amounting to about 10 acres. The Hon Thomas Loader was the second owner from about 1872. In ca 1879 it was purchased by Frederick Peppin and renamed Keroongola. In August 1905 it was sold to the architect Harry Browse Gibbs (1859-1918).



Plan of Keroongola estate 1901Plan of Keroongola estate 1901, part MMBW detail plan no. 1418, SLV Maps

  Source Summary or note
1. Argus 1856.9.16 p.5

Government Land Sale

Prahran Lot 13 Three acres twenty one perches. John Bakewell, £51 per acre.

2. Argus 1873.2.6 p.4

Birth Notices

LOADER - On the 29th ult., at Fern Lodge, Orrong road, St Kilda, the wife of Thomas Loader of a son.

3. Argus 1875.6.4 p.8

Land For Sale

For sale, Fern-Lodge, Orrong Road, East St Kilda; family residence and severn acres land, commanding fine views of bay. Apply 104 Bourke-street west. Terms.




The St Kilda Historical Society respectfully acknowledges:

Yalukut Weelam clan

The traditional lands of the Yalukut Weelam clan and the continuing relationship of the Boon Worrung people to our local area

City of Port Phillip

The continuing support of the City of Port Phillip


The contribution made by past and present volunteers

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