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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2011, 23:11 
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4 Glan Avon Road Hawthorn
Wentworth

One of Hawthorns most historic buildings is being listed as a development site by Marshall white

History
This is the site of an 1860s or earlier house (possibly as early as the 1840s) which was extended and its grounds subdivided. That has house probably survives under the extensive additions. It has great historical importance as the home of Thomas Frederick Power, auctioneer, parliamentarian, and Hawthorn pinoneer. Power, who arrived in Hawthorn c1841, bought blocks 17 (from Burwood Road to the river) and 38 (between Power Street and Glenferrie Road) in 1846. An early slab hut was built on block 17 near the present Glan Avon Road, which remained until the 1950s. James Kearney’s 1856 map of Melbourne and its suburbs shows the development of Power’s river back property with a number of buildings and a large area under cultivation.
Power was an auctioneer in Collins Street in 1841 and frequently advertised in the Port Phillip Patriot. He sold “superior and extremely quite cattle” or “cows large in frame as well as beautiful in form…” He was on the Hawthorn Municipal Committee, Horticultural Society and Acclimatisation Society, and was nominated for the first Hawthorn Council.
In 1862, according to Hawthorn rate records, Power owned a substantial house on the present site, then listed in Yarra Street. It was described as a seven-roomed dwelling with kitchen, servant’s room and ten acres of land, NAV 230 pounds. Power also owned five other properties in the vicinity, including a nursery, blacksmith’s shop and an iron house. James Scott nurseryman, still occupied the nursery in the 1870s, and Robert Kennedy, gardener, a smaller house also owned by Power. By this decade, Power’s Glan Avon Road residence was occupied by the Hon. Frank Stanley Dobson, barrister. During the 1890s the house appears to have been owned and occupied by the architect, George R. Johnson. It was described in 1891 as a brick house of eight rooms in Yarra Street East side, NAV 110 pounds.
Power’s old house was located in the prestigious Burwood Park area close to the eat corner of the present Yarra Street, where a small village settlement was noted in the early 1850s. Power’s house was later extended and the extensive grounds shown in a turn of the century MMBW drainage plan were subdivided. New houses were built on the new Glan Avon Road (named after Power’s property) in the 1920s and 1930s.


Description and Assessment
This building is not visible from the road. It is understood to incorporate many alterations and additions. Nonetheless it is of enormous historical significance for its association with Power and the early development of Melbourne.

Significance
1. Primarily historically significant. The former “Wentworth”, the earliest section of which dates from the early 1860s, has historical significance as the home from that time of Thomas Frederick Power, auctioneer, parliamentarian, and Hawthorn pioneer. It is important, also, for its location in the prestigious Burwood Park area, east of Yarra Street where an early village settlement was noted in the 1850s.
2. Further inspection required to determine any intrinsic architectural significance.

(Boroondara heritage report)


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PostPosted: 22 Jul 2011, 15:16 
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If this home is demolished to build a multi unit development Hawthorn will have lost an important part of its historical and cultural fabric. The selling brochure does not even mention the house or give a floor plan - the only plan offered is the site plan so clearly it is being marketed only as a potential development. It is also located right beside a reserve protecting one of the few remaining bits of original riverbank from the days before European settlement. This is a case where Heritage Victoria needs to act.


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PostPosted: 06 Oct 2012, 15:17 
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The Destruction of Wentworth house in Glan Avon Road Hawthorn. Not a stick of river bank vegetation is left. The owner gets their modern house and deprive the community of landscape and history.

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Appalling.


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PostPosted: 06 Oct 2012, 23:36 
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Appalling.


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How awful. Thanks for the photos though, good to have some kind of record.

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