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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2010, 16:41 
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This impressive mansion - listed with the National Trust - dates to 1858 (designed by Thomas Watts) and was originally built for the Reverend Joseph Docker, one of Wangaratta's first settlers. Four hundred tons of granite were used in the construction of the foundations! The property remains in the family to this day.

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This shot dates to 1884-1889:

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Guess who went to have a look and took some photographs?

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Joseph and family still "reside" at the property:

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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2010, 19:35 
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Great find =)
When are J.T's photos dated to?

Since it's still in the family I assume it's still well maintained.

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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2010, 20:32 
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I'm almost getting overwhelmed! First The Manor and now Bontharambo. What an amazing place. I see that the Reverend Docker took over the Bontharambo run in 1838 (which makes him a very early white settler in the Port Phillip District), after it had been deserted by George Faithful, whose shepherds had been murdered by Aborigines. Docker was much more conciliatory to the original inhabitants, who for many years held corroborees on the island in the lagoon not far from the homestead.


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PostPosted: 22 Jul 2010, 11:51 
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When I used to live in Richmond, the family home was in Wangaratta Street and the rear garage opened into Botherambo Street (named after Bontharambo, they got the spelling wrong) and nearby was Docker Street.
The property that was subdivided into streets and housing blocks in Richmond was formerly owned by the Docker family I think.

On a side note, when the Rambo films were out, we used to have a serial prankster living nearby that used to paint over Bothe in Botherambo to create Rambo Street.

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PostPosted: 23 Jul 2010, 08:53 
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The Collector wrote:
On a side note, when the Rambo films were out, we used to have a serial prankster living nearby that used to paint over Bothe in Botherambo to create Rambo Street.


I like it :)
The Richmond street names are a really interesting sidestory. Thanks for sharing Collector. Its amazing how many places in Melbourne were named after budding settlements and homes around the colony.


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PostPosted: 28 Aug 2010, 17:35 
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I've also been to this house, and it's remarkable. The space planning in this house is also notewothy. The way the rooms fit together, and the use of inside/outside space is great. Also, many of the original details are still there, with huge cedar folding doors separating the fron two rooms. Lovely.


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