Dear Susan Thank you so much for your email about Joseph Panton and the attached photo of his house. Alexandra Street is within the bailiwick of the St Kilda Historical Society. According to Trove, a death notice appeared in the Weekly Times 1 November 1913 page 8 which stated that Mr Panton lived at Carannya-Caranuya-Cararinya 25 Alexandra St. The current 25 Alexandra St is further south than the area you suggested in your email, however many St Kilda streets were renumbered in the 1930s. We believe his house might have been near 61 Alexandra Street, currently a rabbinical college. The State Library has the old MMBW maps of the area, if you search on ‘St Kilda Plan 47’ that part of East St Kilda will appear. The rabbinical college mansion occupied the whole Alexandra-Alma Rd corner. We are interested to hear about your proposed September presentation to the Glen Eira Historical Society. We are in regular contact with Glen Eira and have suggested that SKHS co-host the event given that Mr Panton was a St Kilda resident.
I am researching a one-time Melbourne Police Magistrate – Joseph Anderson Panton. (1831 – 1913) – buried in the St Kilda Cemetery. My interest in Panton is that he was a substantial landholder in Flinders and also a “Port Phillip Pioneer” – I am on committees of both the Flinders District Historical Society and the Port Phillip Pioneers Group. His house was in the northern end; and west side of Alexandra Street - between Alma Road and Cardigan Street. (according to Sands and MacDougall) I have established that this part of East St Kilda is not within the City of Glen Eira boundaries and therefore would not be covered by their Historical Society. I am therefore wondering if it comes under the area that is covered by the SKHS. I have seen some very good photographs of the interior and exterior of the Panton house that are in the Panton Manuscript Collection at the SLV. I was allowed to
MMDB number 7146
Cnr Alexandra Street and Sunhill Court