In this area you will find a collection of short histories about various St Kilda identities.
John T Collins (1907–2001) was an art teacher and honorary photographer for the Victorian division of the National Trust of Australia for many years. His collection of almost 20,000 black-and-white negatives has been digitised and is available online via State Library Victoria catalogue. Ranging in date from 1950 to 1988, the photographs provides a unique visual record of Victoria's architectural heritage.
Architect Lloyd Tayler was particularly active in St Kilda in the mid to late 19C designing several houses and mansions including 22-24 Princes Street (1856), ‘Fernacres’ (1863), ‘Marlton’ (1864), ‘Yanakie’ (1868), ‘Decomet’ (1870) ‘Hereford’ (or ‘Herford’, 1870), and ‘Pladda’ (1889).
Information from David Helms CoPP Heritage Architect
Alfred Deakin was Australia’s second Prime Minister; a position he served on three occasions - September 1903 to April 1904, July 1905 to November 1908 and June 1909 to April 1910, During the last decade of the 19th century he devoted his attention to the federation of Australian states which was achieved in 1901. Long before his parliamentary fame he was a resident of Marlton Crescent St Kilda......
Liz Kelly - March 2021
Founding member of the Lyceum Club and supporter of the Arts, Dora de Beer made a considerable contribution to Melbourne’s intellectual and artistic life in the early 20th century, particularly involving herself with organisations which furthered opportunities for women.
Crouch & Wilson was established in 1857 as a partnership of Tasmanian-born Thomas J. Crouch (1833-1889) and Ralph Wilson (1827-1886) who had recently emigrated from London. They conbined to set up a prominent and distinguished architectural firm in Melbourne during the nineteenth century, designing some of St Kilda's most prestigous buildings.
.David Seddon arrived in Australia in 1848 to lead the first congregation at Christ Church, Acland Street St Kilda. He came with a dark history which has been provided to the Society by a contributor from Engand who has been investigating the Rev David Seddon and exploring his history by way of court transcripts. This sordid history has been collororated by work done by Liz Kelly confirming that in in 1868 he was again suddenly forced to depart- this time for England due to further accusations of misbehaviour........
Jeffrey Stafford, the author, submitted this story from England.
James Groom Short was a Suffolk-born tinsmith who arrived at Port Phillip with his wife and daughter on 11 December 1850. His success running a tinsmith store alongside a business run by his wife in Nelson Street St Kilda enabled him to become a land speculator. His history of convictions and litigation in England was however repeated in Melbourne. His ownership of land in Fitzroy Street left a lasting legacy whilst his his colourful identiy was as colourful as anything the twentieth century could produce.....
by Ken Norling 2022
While living at St Kilda's Etloe Hall (Oberwyl) with her parents, young Kate Johnson attracted the attention of Melbourne Punch magazine for her cross-dressing escapade. And became an instant media sensation. Was she St Kilda's first celebrity?
By Ken Norling. Images courtesy National Library of Australia
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