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Mabel Louise Hordern

Mabel Louise Hordern

Female 1888 - 1965  (Age: 77)    Has 44 ancestors but no descendants in our family tree.

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  • Name Mabel Louise Hordern 
    Born 1888 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1965 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    HORDERN, Mabel, Doris, Louisa (nee Smith), Gwyneth (Molly) and Marjorie
    HORDERN, Mabel, Doris, Louisa (nee Smith), Gwyneth (Molly) and Marjorie
    Louisa (centre), is the wife of Lebbeus Hordern. Bruce is the only child missing from this picture.
    Person ID I14788  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2010 

    Father Lebbeus Hordern (ID:I14774)
              b. 1865, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1931  (Age 66) 
    Mother 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.
    Family ID F3711  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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