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Bidura, 41 Chapel Street

View from Chapel Street ca.1962-7 View from Chapel Street ca.1962-7 photo by John Collins, SLV image H98.251/78


Other names Decomet; Narrama; Oreti Guest House
Date Built 1870
Architect Lloyd Tayler
Builder Unknown
Cost Unknown 
1st Occupants William and Sarah Webster
Description Corner of Chapel Street and Alma Road. Beautiful garden, five bedrooms, two rooms inside tower, stables, tennis court. 
History This property was named Bidura after a sheep station owned by William Webster that was located in NSW near Balranald. It was later also called Narrama (by Helen Brown) after another place under that name also near Balranald.
Other Occupants Dr T. Rowan; Thomas and Helen Brown; Francis Boardman Clapp (of Cobb and Co. and pioneer of Melbourne’s tramway system) and his father-in-law Gilman Goodrich Pierce (approx 1885, when the house was then called Decomet).
Demolished ca.1970
MMDB Entry  1041 https://aai.app.unimelb.edu.au/apex/f?p=198:5:110232308740660::NO:RP:P5_ID:1041



The Argus. (1870, January 1). Advertising. Trove.

The Argus. (1873, February 7). Advertising. Trove.

The Australasian. (1885, January 10). Advertising. Trove.

The Australasian. (1889, August 24). Family Notices. Trove.

The Argus. (1898, August 17). Family Notices. Trove.


Compiled by: Peter Johnson (image and table) and Sally Moore (table)
Last updated: 25.08.20