In 1856 Paul Joske built the first residential terrace east of the Melbourne Town Reserve Boundary by locating 4 houses of the same kind on the East side of Barkly Street at a place best described by 2 Vardy's Survey (Sheet No. 1 N.W. Lots 45, 46, 47, 48). A Tender . . . 3 notice for the. building called by the architects Ohlfsen - Bagge exactly dates the construction, while the Rate Book_listing of 1857 gives some indication of its quality by valuing each house at 150 pounds(when a detached cottage- of 4 rooms might call a value of £50. (See Architectural Index notice Ohlfsen -Bagge 18.11.1856 and Vardy Survey sheets lots 58-65) SEE Howard Raggett pg 46
Driven by a push for zero rate increases, Council has taken a red pen to its Cultural Development Fund. In February 2023, it recommended the $187,000 fund pool for cultural projects be reduced to just $100,000. More cuts to community and arts programs are expected in the next budget round.
The small project grants distributed via Cultural Development Fund create enormous opportunities for artists and organisations to generate arts, cultural and heritage activities in our neighbourhoods and precincts. Their loss will be felt deeply.
St Kilda Historical Society contribution
The St Kilda Historical Society regularly auspices story-telling projects about the diverse history of St Kilda. Our volunteers share their knowledge and time to help with the grant application, provide mentoring throughout the project, inject additional funding as needed, and promote the work when finished. Recent projects include Janine Burke’s 2020 Mirka Mora Seaside Angel essay and Remembering Mirka interviews, the podcast series Unplugged in St Kilda, recorded by Sally Moore in 2021/22, and a book by Carmel McKenzie, to be published in June 2023, that provides new insights into St Kilda’s 19th century social classes: St Kilda 1841-1900: Movers, Shakers and Money-makers.
Another Society auspice, Marianne Latham’s documentary The Posh and the Riff Raff, was among the 18 successful Cultural Development Fund projects awarded $12,000 or less in 2022/23. Marianne’s project, to be completed this year, will tell St Kilda’s rich history through the lens of a variety of voices; including historians, former councillors, residents, Gay archivists, activists, social workers, and artists.
For the next round, this modest pool of funds will reduce to $100,000, effectively halving the number of community cultural projects in the City of Port Phillip. We are losing our ability to pass on our stories to future generations.
Why the funding cut?
The cuts come as Council looks for ongoing savings that will enable it reduce future rate increases, eventually freezing rate increases altogether. The extensive and exhaustive, months long review, costing $70,000, involved a detailed investigation by councillors into 28 council service areas. In the end, they were unable to agree on any meaningful cuts to the annual budget of $245M, except for the $87,000 to be removed from community arts and cultural projects. The desired 2023/2024 rate freeze goal needs some $54M worth of savings to become a reality.
What can you do?
We are determined to campaign against this reduction as we would hate to see the Council’s support for community groups bear the brunt of the proposed Council budget cuts. We are preparing our submission to Councillors ahead of the budget process.
We are encouraging City of Port Phillip citizens, who value local arts, culture, and community engagement, to get involved.
One way to get involved is to provide feedback to the budget process at: https://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au/council-plan-and-budget
We are inviting past Cultural Development Fund recipients to tell Council what the project meant to them and to their community, and how it enriched our knowledge and culture.
Write to Councillors:
Request to speak at Council meetings:
Attend the Council meeting and organize to speak for 2 minutes on the project to Councillors.
To register to speak, you will need to submit an online Request to Speak form, BEFORE 4pm on the day of the meeting
The following is the time table for Council Meetings and location details:
4 April Tuesday: Council Meeting at the St Kilda Town Hall starting at 7.30.
19 April Wednesday: Council meeting at the St Kilda Town Hall starting at 6.30.
3 May Wednesday: Council meeting at Port Melbourne Town Hall at 6.30
17 May Wednesday: Council meeting at St Kilda Town Hall at 6.30
7 June Wednesday: Council meeting at St Kilda Town Hall at 6.30 (last meeting before the final budget is approved)
James Henry Fox came to Australia from England and built his career as an architect mainly in and around the township of Hamilton in the Western District where we can confirm him as being the architect for at least two significant grand homes in that area: Chatsworth House and Werribee Park (with Mr. P. Colquhoun - chief designer). His work on these buildings is largely unacknowledged though there seems little doubt from the testimonials and information collected by the Society and recorded below. It appears he may have done some further work in the St Kilda area where he died at the age of 73 years and is buried in the St Kilda Cemetery.
James Henry Fox England 1827 DOB Died 1900 and was buried in the St Kilda Cemetery departing from 101 Chapel Street St Kilda.(cnr Pakington Street and Chapel Street). Wife Matilda. One daughter: Juanita Evelyn DESAXE nee Fox
This house is extant. It was originally part of the City of St Kilda though now is part of Glen Eira Council area. Originally identified as vacant land on the 1873 Vardy Maps it first appeared in the 1901 MMBW maps.. Exterior and interior photographs are on the Glen Eira Historical Society Collection Victoria website . https://victoriancollections.net.au/items/5f9b46e9ca478a1c489a470c
The following information is from Victorian Heritage Council HO40 Craigellachie, 2b & 2c Lynedoch Avenue, Caulfield North - City of Glen Eira : https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/65657
Craigellachie', a Victorian mansion was apparently erected in two stages for 1873 for Scottish born pastoralist and politician William Pearson. A formally designed conservative classical style two storey house is fronted by a later, more ornate, asymmetrically planned single storey addition with tower and perimeter iron verandah in an elaborate variation of the ubiquitous Italianate mansion house model.
'Craigellachie' of unknown authorship ( Identified by MMDB as Sydney W Smith) and uncertain date, is a building of importance as a comparatively fine surviving example of late Victorian era Italianate style mansions which proliferated in suburban Melbourne 1870-1890. The house is notable for the quality of the architectural details, tiled floors, opulent interior and dominant Italianate tower and was for many years the town house of William Pearson, prominent public figure and celebrated racing enthusiast.
'Craigellache' originally fronting Inkerman Street and now on a much reduced site has been partially subdivided into apartments. the essential architectural qualities of the house are intact.