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Mittagong (Demolished) 35-41 Grey Street

View of the west (garden) elevation in 1872. Richard & Sarah Twentyman standing on path. View of the west (garden) elevation in 1872. Richard & Sarah Twentyman standing on path. Photograph by Donald McDonald, image sk0455.1-2, Heritage Collection, City of Port Phillip.

  • Date Built: 1869.
  • Demolished: 1940 C
  • Builder:

    1869 Denbigh, Edmund Completed / Opened Cost £4,442

  • First European Land Owner:

    1857 Crown allotments St Kilda Planning Scheme (part) M27 (333)  First Land ownership R H Bunbury https://stkildahistory.org.au/our-collection/resources/m27

    1873 Vardy Map WW4 Fitzroy Grey Acland Barkly Robe Streets  'Mittagong' Grey Street N 36 Index  ID R Twentyman  https://stkildahistory.org.au/our-collection/resources/vardy-plans

    1897 MMBW Plan 1355 Maps Collection SLV   https://stkildahistory.org.au/images/GreySt/Mittagong/pjdb1721.pdf

  • Owners and occupiers:

     

    1866 June 2 Richard Twentyman married William Nicholson’s widow, Sarah Birkett on , and took over her lease on Barham House next door. Towards the end of this lease in mid 1869 he purchased Fernleigh from William Nicholson’s executor, commissioning Charles Webb (1821-1898) architect to rebuild the house, renaming it Mittagong.

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  • Architects:

    Charles Webb (1821-1889)

     

  • History:

    The house was sold after Twentyman’s death to the pastoralist Robert Arthur Molesworth (1844-1920), second son of the judge Sir Robert Molesworth (1809-1890). It remained in the Molesworth family until about 1940. The property was then sold, the house demolished and the land subdivided. To provide street access to the new sites, the developer extended Eildon Road eastward, curving it up through the centre of the site to Grey Street.

     

  • Sources:

    Peter Johnson Architecture Database was last revised 19.06.2012   https://stkildahistory.org.au/images/GreySt/Mittagong/pjdb1721.pdf

    1866 PJ Note (15.4.12): Richard Twentyman (1813-1880) married William Nicholson’s widow, Sarah Birkett on 2 June 1866, taking over her lease on Barham House. In mid 1869 he purchased Fernleigh next door from William Nicholson’s estate, commissioning Charles Webb (1821-1898) architect to rebuild the house, and renaming it Mittagong.

    • Argus 26.8.1869 p.3: Tenders are required until Thursday 9th September for erecting a dwelling House (containing 20 rooms), and outbuildings, in Grey Street, St Kilda. Chas. Webb architect 102 Collins St east. [PJ note: from earlier plans this is more likely to be a substantial addition to the original house, not a new house].
    • Building Times 5.10.1869 p.2: Contract, has been let by Charles Webb for residence, St. Kilda, to Edmund Denbigh for £4442.0.0.
    • Donald McDonald image #SK0455, Heritage Collection, CPP: image of house above shows a view of the west (garden) elevation in 1872. Richard & Sarah Twentyman standing on path – date from record entry.
    • Argus 12.6.1880 p.10: For sale by private contract, Mittagong, the mansion of the late Richard Twentyman Esq.
    The house was sold after Twentyman’s death to the pastoralist Robert Arthur Molesworth (1844 -1920), 2nd son of the judge Sir Robert Molesworth (1809-1890) It remained in the Molesworth family until about 1940. The property was then sold, the house demolished and the land subdivided. To provide street access to the new sites, the developer extended Eildon Road eastward, curving it up through the centre of the site to Grey Street.

    Melbourne Mansions Data Base Mittagong Registration N 1012 

    Melbourne Mansions Data Base Fernleigh 3965

  • Compiled by: To come


Previously located on the site of  Eildon Road and Grey Street Cnr