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Lebbeus Hordern

Lebbeus Hordern

Male 1865 - 1931  (Age: 66)    Has 42 ancestors and 5 descendants in our family tree.

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  • Name Lebbeus Hordern 
    Born 1865  Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer 
    Died 1931 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    HORDERN, Lebbeus (1865-1931)
    HORDERN, Lebbeus (1865-1931)
    Person ID I14774  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2010 

    Father William Hordern (ID:I2411)
              b. 15 Nov 1831, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Oct 1881, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49) 
    Mother Cecilia Monger (ID:I2379)
              b. 14 Dec 1834, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Dec 1914, Auburn, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79) 
    Married 21 Dec 1852  Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address :  
    St Paul's Cathedral 
    Children 5 children 
    'Stramshall', 173 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC
    'Stramshall', 173 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC
    This is the home that was built for William Hordern and Cecilia Monger by her father, William Monger. The Horderns lived there until 1917. On the left is the house shortly after it was built and on the right, the house as it appeared when it was auctioned around 1964.

    The auctioneers listing says this about the house:

    "Constructed for William Hordern esq. at the beginning of the land boom of the 1880's, "Stramshall" is a spendid example of the Italianate form of architecture so popular in the late-victorian era.

    During the decade, many of Melbourne's most imposing residences were built, generally occupying the choice hilltop locations in the burgeoning suburbs of the fledgling metropolis.

    Remaining in the original owner's family until 1917, "Stramshall" was subsequently converted to flats and remained as such until 1965 when it was purchased by the present owners. Carefully restored to highlight its abundant architectural and decorative features and subtly upgraded to incorporate modern facilities, it has provided comfortable and charming accommodation for a large family for almost thirty years.

    Of triple brick construction, set on massive bluestone foundations and roofed in Welsh slate, Stramshall is a stately and substantial residence of some 490 sq metres or approximately 53 squares, having twelve principal rooms of mansion proportions.

    On the ground floor a spectacular tessellated entrance foyer and stair hall open to three grand reception rooms and the current owners' master bedroom, which could be utilised as a fourth living area if desired. There is a well equipped Brazillian black bean kitchen, a cosy study with access to the walk-down wine cellar and a luxuriously appointed bathroom. The first floor comprises four enormous bedrooms, two complete bathrooms and a further two double bedrooms and kitchenette, the latter being readily adaptable to a self-contained granny flat if required. A wide return verandah on the ground floor and corresponding balcony on the first floor are both trimmed in elaborate cast iron filigree.

    No fewer than eight marble fireplaces including two exquisite rouge marble examples grace the main rooms and original plaster work and detailed joinery are retained in beautifully preserved condition."
    Family ID F633  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Dewson Smith (ID:I14787)
              d. 1951 
    Married 1887 
    Children 5 children 
    '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.
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2010 08:45:40 
    Family ID F3711  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1865 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3118] Yvonne Edward, The Monger's and Cox's of S.Wales, Gloucestershire and Australia.



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