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Inverleith, 12 Acland Street

View of west elevation 1872, the home of John F McMullen View of west elevation 1872, the home of John F McMullen photo by Donald McDonald, SLV Pictures Collection
Other Names none
Date Built 1867 or prior
Architect unknown
Builder unknown


[-1867-] John Franklin McMullen, inspector and general manager of the Union Bank

[-1882-1887] Francis Patrick Hines (1826?-1891), grazier

[1887-] Daniel Whittle Harvey Patterson (1848-1931), grazier, mining investor

[1897-] Thomas McKellar (1819-1900), grazier, MLC


Large two storey rendered brick residence in the mid Victorian Italianate style with a symmetrical front having projecting bays at either end of a central loggia with verandah above and a hipped slate roof with bracketed eaves. The outbuildings included stables (four loose boxes), double coach-house, harness-room, groom's room, gardener's cottage of four rooms, cowshed, large cellar, fernery, fowl-house, pond, etc. The grounds comprised of about 3 acres.


At the first St Kilda Crown Land sale on 7th December 1842 allotment 13 consisting of 3 acres was sold to the squatter George Sherbrooke Airey (1810-1880). By 1867 it was owned by the banker John Franklin McMullen who built this fine two-storey house.

Following his purchase of the property in 1887, Harvey Patterson added a ballroom on the north side designed by William Pitt architect in the Morrish style.

In 1927 the grounds were subdivided and two blocks of flats built were built in the front garden. The house was eventually demolished in the 1960s for flats.


[-1872] Thomas James Nankivell, partner in Fanning Nankivell & Co. merchants

[-1877] John Mackenzie (1813-1877) gentleman, property agent & investor



Inverleith Ballroom 1888Demolition of the Ballroom ca. 1958, image by Ross Allen 

  Source Summary or [note]
1. Argus 1867.3.25 p.2 Rajpootana, Acland Street, adjoining the beautiful garden of McMullen Esq …
2. Argus 1871.1.2 p.2

Sale By Auction

Inverleith, Acland Street. carefully selected and nearly new household furniture and effects. …instructions from J F McMullen whose family leave per Great Britain… [extensive list follows] No reserve.

3. Argus 1877.9.17 p.1


On the 16th inst., at Inverleith, Acland Street, St Kilda, John Mackenzie, aged 64 years.

4. Argus 1887.10.8 p.4

Sale by Auction

Thursday, October 13 at 12 o'clock. Family Mansion with about 3 acres of land. [Full description of rooms, outbuildings grounds follow].

5. Argus 1888.8.10 p.13


Contractors. Tenders are invited for extensive additions to residence, Acland Street, St Kilda for Harvey Patterson Esq. William Pitt, FRVIA, architect, 22 Collins Street West.

6. Australasian 1889.11.9 p.42

Social Notes

There can be no doubt that at "Inverleith" Mrs Harvey Patterson possesses one of the prettiest ball-rooms in Melbourne. [Description of last Thursday's event follows]




Subdivision  1927Plan of Subdivision 1925, Woodcock & McCormack surveyors, Port Phillip Collection