Kamesburgh, Brighton, 1874

Repost this day 2019:

One of the lesser known, because it doesn’t face the street, but really one of the grandest of the many #VictorianMansion in #Melbourne; by grand I mean the most classical columns (actually I think most of these mansions are a similar size inside). It’s in #NorthRoadBrighton, its called #Kamesburgh, designed by #LoydTayler, and was built in 1874 for William Kerr Thomson, a partner in James McEwan (anyone remember McEwan’s hardware ?) and ‘prominent Brighton citizen’.

A fine restrained colonnaded #verandah, and of course a tower, marking the entrance, but the most amazing part is it’s still got most of it’s huge grounds ! Prob because the Baillieu’s donated £25,000 to buy it in 1919 as a repat for WW1 veterans. The RSL still owns it, but the house is leased to #StaroftheSeaSchool, and the gardens are open to everyone, you can just drive in ! Very quiet.

A watercolour by the altar architect at the State Library shows it was originally a pale colour, and had a conservatory.

6 thoughts on “Kamesburgh, Brighton, 1874

  1. Well Rohan I am confused. There is a plaque at the main entrance stating that Bayside Council acquired the property from the Department of Veteran Affairs in March 1996. The house was recently re-roofed by ARC Roofing who state that they were contracted, to do the job, by Bayside Council. Vasey RSL Care operate an aged care facility at the eastern end of the property, but I do not know under what terms, lease or own, they operate this facility.


      1. Thank you Rohan,
        Yesterday I was talking to a lady who lives near Kamesbrugh and she said the back part, where RSL Care have their accommodation, belongs to the RSL and the rest belongs to Bayside.


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