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Lebbeus Hordern and Louisa Dewson Smith Family

m. 1887

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  • Lebbeus HordernFather | Male
    Lebbeus Hordern

    Born  1865  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1931   
    Married  1887   
    Father  William Hordern | F633 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Cecilia Monger | F633 Group Sheet 

    Louisa Dewson SmithMother | Female
    Louisa Dewson Smith

    Died  1951   

    Mabel Louise HordernChild 1 | Female
    Mabel Louise Hordern

    Born  1888   
    Died  1965   

    Doris Amelia HordernChild 2 | Female
    Doris Amelia Hordern

    Born  18 Sep 1889  Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  12 Dec 1970  Coburg, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Maurice McCrae Blackburn | F3712 
    Married  10 Dec 1914  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location

    Marjorie Cecilia HordernChild 3 | Female
    Marjorie Cecilia Hordern

    Born  1891   
    Died  1980   

    Gwyneth Marjory HordernChild 4 | Female
    Gwyneth Marjory Hordern

    Born  1894   
    Died  1931   

    Bruce Lebbeus Doughty HordernChild 5 | Male
    Bruce Lebbeus Doughty Hordern

    Born  1908   
    Died  1979   

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    'Pontefract': Home of Lebbeus Hordern, Melbourne. (c.1891)
    'Pontefract': Home of Lebbeus Hordern, Melbourne. (c.1891)
    'Pontefract', on the corner of Hardwicke Street and Whitehorse Road, was designed for Lebbeus Hordern by the architect, Mr H. J. Prockter. The 11 roomed house was designed with Marseilles pattern roofing tiles, large verandahs, and gables with Tudor detailing which were associated with the Queen Anne style of British housing.

    'Pontefract' was built c.1891 on the western side of an allotment of land which comprised nine suburban plots. Sited on the brow of a hill it had superb views west across the Deepdene dip to Burke Road, north to the Great Dividing Range and east to the Dandenongs. Together with the Reid house Belmont, which was diagonally opposite on Whitehorse Road, Pontefract would have been a significant landmark for anyone travelling from Kew to Balwyn and beyond.

    Between the house and Percy Street were paddocks where the Hordern's horses and cow grazed. The coach house and stables, with driver's quarters above, were located north of the house.

    Louisa Hamilton, granddaughter of Lebbeus and Louisa Hordern, remembers her visits to Pontefract which she recalls as being light and airy - not at all like those Victorian houses with their dark and heavy furniture. Lebbeus and Louisa purchased much of the house furnishings when on an extended overseas trip in 1887. Louisa also remembers the large conservatory on the northern side of the house, her grandfather's photographic dark room beneath the dining room, and playing hide-and-seek in the extensive cellars under the house.