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PostPosted: 11 Jul 2009, 16:17 
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I came across this lovely place in Kew at 11 Redmond Street. Built in 1888-9 and was sold in Feb 2006 for $3,250,000 was called Inverkelty, Kiora and Baroona.

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I have located the Boroondarah Heritage Review B Graded Buildings Building Citation
History

Inverkelty was designed by Francis R Barlow for William Kelty, a bank manager and director, in 1888-
89. Francis Barlow called for tenders for the construction of the residence in August 1888.1 At the
time of the residence’s construction, William Kelty was the Manager of the Victorian Freehold Bank,
but by 1890, had become the Managing Director of its successor, the reassuringly named British Bank
of Australia Ltd, and his private address was given as Inverkelty, Redmond Street, Kew.2 In 1892 the
British Bank of Australia disappeared, its Swanston Street premises replaced by a fruit shop3. The
bank was in serious financial trouble due to land speculation, and a dummy bank established by its
directors, was busy ‘buying’ its assets. William Kelty is reported as having continued to assure the
bank’s potential investors of its sound financial position. The bank subsequently collapsed and its
demise was one of many land scandals that characterised the decade 4 William Kelty was not in
residence at Inverkelty after 1893.5 The house was subsequently occupied by a William Ashton, and
owned by the Land Mortgage Bank.6 In 1901 the house, now known as Kiora, was occupied by
Edward Clampit, a caretaker, who preceded Alfred Groom, who renamed the house Baroona. By
1904, it had reverted to Kiora, and was occupied by Thomas Short, Secretary to the Exhibition
Building’s Trustees, for several years.7

By 1913, the house had been acquired by Thomas and Ada Lloyd. They occupied the house from until 1923.8
During this period, the rateable size of the property was reduced; the number of rooms
decreased from 12 to 9 rooms without any change in the net annual value of the property.9 The reason for this is not known.

In 1924 Roderick Caesar Bernacchi, an importer and art dealer, purchased the house and lived there
until the early 1960s.10 Later owners included John and Diana Grogan, who were in residence until
the late 1970s.11

Boroondara Heritage Review B Graded Buildings Lovell Chen 2005
Building Citation
(G Butler & Associates, Kew B-graded buildings study (draft), 2001, additional research by Lovell
Chen, 2005)
Description & Integrity
Inverkelty, 11 Redmond Street, Kew, is a substantial two-storey, double-fronted Victorian Italianate
villa of brick construction with a hipped roof clad with non-original concrete tile and rendered and
moulded brick chimneys. The asymmetrical façade has a rendered finish with moulded string courses
and comprises two bays flanking a projecting central towered entrance. The tower comprises three
levels and provides access to an entrance porch at ground floor via an arched opening framed by a
moulded aedicule; the porch floor is tessellated and the entrance contains a panelled timber door with
leaded surround. The levels above contain regular fenestration with paired openings and the tower is
crowned by a balustraded parapet. A reconstructed double-height verandah screens the bay to the
north and has a convex corrugated galvanised steel roof supported on remanufactured timber posts
with cast iron lacework frieze and balustrade and tessellated tiles floor with a bluestone coping.12
Note that the tiled verandah floor has a different pattern from the porch tiling and appears to date
from these works. The southern bay has a double-height canted bay window. Fenestration is regular
between floors with arched timber-framed double-hung sash windows.

Extensive rear additions were constructed around 1997 which comprise a single-storey living and
utilities wing at ground floor level with basement garage, accessed via the adjacent laneway.13

The front fence is a low hoop iron fence with matching gate, thought to date from 1964, when
application was made for the construction of a 3’6” wrought iron fence.14 Other than for the changes
noted above, alterations to the house and property have been relatively minor and include a steel
garage (1974), renovations to a damaged roof (1979, possibly the recladding?) and construction of a
swimming pool (1979).15


The front garden contains a mature landscape arranged around a central cast iron fountain and path.
This layout and feature may be contemporary with the house as it is indicated on a MMBW plan of the
area prepared in 1899.16 The bowl and parapet for the fountain were recently replaced, along with
paving immediately in front of the house, and the fountain works were repaired. A later galvanised
steel tube arbour flanks the front gate.
Historical Context
In the late nineteenth century Redmond Street was the setting for several large mansions, sited to
take advantage of the elevated views to the city beyond. During the twentieth century, further
residential development began to infill previously vacant land, and to encroach upon or replace the
earlier residences.
Comparative Analysis
In its styling, Inverkelty can be compared with a large number of substantial Victorian villas in
elsewhere in Boroondara which employ broadly similar Italianate composition and details. It also
compares with other towered examples, including the following:

• 5 Doona Avenue, Kew (1891), (A-graded); substantially intact towered villa, displaying more
elaborate decoration
• 894 Glenferrie Road, Kew (1891), (A-graded); more imposing composition and scale including
arcaded loggia
• Comaques, 896 Glenferrie Road, Kew (1891), (A-graded); far more extensive in scale with a
similar overall composition but for the double-height loggia to the side elevation
• Raheen, 94 Studley Park Road, Kew (1884), (A-graded); on a much grander scale with greater
aesthetic value, and more exploratory in its materials usage and form.

In this context, Inverkelty stands as a good and representative - rather than an outstanding -
example example; it is both less intact and less impressive than the higher graded examples noted
here. Notwithstanding this, it is of interest as being marked by a pronounced, elongated verticality in
its proportions, unusual in the suburban Italianate where horizontal and vertical emphases were
generally more balanced.

Specific:
Assessment Against Criteria
CRITERION D: The importance of a place or object in exhibiting the principal characteristics or the
representative nature of a place or object as a part of a class or type of places or objects.

Inverkelty is a representative example of later nineteenth-century Italianate design as applied to a
two-storey suburban villa with tower. Though it has been altered in a number of areas, including the
rebuilding of the verandah, the presentation of the house is generally as a broadly intact example.
Inverkelty exhibits conventional composition, planning and style for 1888, though its vertical
proportions and stained glass inserts give it some individuality. It retains elements of its original or
early garden layout.
Statement of Significance
Inverkelty, at 11 Redmond Street, Kew is of local historical and architectural significance as a
representative example of later nineteenth-century Italianate design as applied to a two-storey
suburban villa with tower. Though it has been altered in a number of areas, including the rebuilding
of the verandah, the presentation of the house is generally as a broadly intact example. Kiora exhibits
conventional composition, planning and style for 1888, though its vertical proportions and stained
glass inserts give it some individuality. It retains elements of its original or early garden layout.
Grading Review
Unchanged.
Recommendations
Recommended for inclusion in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay of the Boroondara Planning
Scheme.
Identified By
Pru Sanderson Design Pty Ltd, Kew Urban Conservation Study, 1988
References
General: Pru Sanderson Design Pty Ltd, Kew Urban Conservation Study, 1988, G Butler & Associates,
Kew B-graded places study (draft),2001.
1
‘Kiora’ citation, Melbourne Mansions database. Tenders called for a two storeyed residence for
William Kelty, 4 August 1888 and accepted 18 August 1888.
2
Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, 1889-1891.
3
Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, 1891-1892.
4
Cannon, Michael. Land boom and bust, 1972, pp. 211-5.
5
Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, 1890-1895.
6
Borough of Kew Rate Books, 1900-01, #2008, nav £70.
7
Pattern of occupants derived from listings in the Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, various
years between 1894-1912.
8
Sands & McDougall Directory of Victoria, 1915-1925.
9
Borough of Kew Rate Books, 1910-11, #2133, nav £70; 1913-14, #2643, nav £70.
10
City of Kew Rate Books, 1957-8, #6281, nav £220.
11
Sands & McDougall Directory of Victoria, 1970-1974; City of Kew Building Index.
12
It is not clear whether the ‘reconstruction’ was based on evidence of the form of the original
verandah.
13
Planning Permit No. BOR 96/519, dated 14 May 1997, City of Boroondara Planning File ,
40/409/00299, Parts 1 & 2.
14
Details sourced from the City of Kew Building Index, #875, dated 30 January 1964.
15
Details sourced from the City of Kew Building Index, #4898, #5795 and #8038 respectively.
16
MMBW Plan No. 39, Kew & Heidelberg, scale 160’:1”, dated 1899.


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PostPosted: 11 Jul 2009, 21:26 
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Nice looking house and interesting history....a lot of mansion owners got in to difficulty during the crash in the late 1800's and lost their properties.


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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2009, 10:39 
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J.v.d.A. wrote:
Nice looking house and interesting history....a lot of mansion owners got in to difficulty during the crash in the late 1800's and lost their properties.

And more than a few of them seem to have barely moved in when the crash happened, given that the buildings were financed from the speculative gains they made during the 1880s Land Boom.


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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2009, 21:02 
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Yep, very true Corio....I've read the history of a few houses where the owners either barely got to move in or didn't move in at all due to the crash and their subsequent financial ruin.

Michael Cannon's "The Land Boomers" is a very interesting book on the subject of the land boom and the following crash.

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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned
but theres also Holm Park at Beaconsfield, located behind big gates at
the end of Holm Park Road, or visible from O'Neill Road.
i have no pics at the moment, sorry.


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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2009, 21:23 
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87VL_Jet wrote:
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned
but theres also Holm Park at Beaconsfield, located behind big gates at
the end of Holm Park Road, or visible from O'Neill Road.
i have no pics at the moment, sorry.



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