Hertford/Herford was one of the most important houses to be built along Alma Road. Over time the land gradually increased in size and its gardens were a wonder to behold. It's first owner was Frederick Christian Lange (1832-1888) purchased Crown Allotment 172A sometime between 1864 and 1870, This file includes photographs taken by .
Built on an eight-acre block, and featured a drawing room, bay window and ballroom. The part of the block fronting Alma Road was eventually sold off in the early 1900s and the address of the house became 24 Lansdowne Road (since demolished).
Cumloden Villa was constructed in 1873 or 1874 for John David McHaffie, the Phillip Island squatting pioneer, as his town house.
James Bonwick met Alexander Gillespie on his return voyage to Australia in 1871 and offered him a job at his Hofwyl School, St Kilda.