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House of History

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Hidden : 2/19/2012
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Located in a beautiful place with lots of history. This is Black Rock house. This is the oldest house around dating back to 1854. There are tours of the house between 2-4 on Sundays.

Some history of the House.

Black Rock House offers a unique window into the past. In 1854, Charles Ebden purchased 122 acres of Boon wurrung country. Located on the coast, not too far from Melbourne, it was an ideal located for a retreat from town living.

Between 1856 and 1858, Ebden built Black Rock House as his holiday abode. It was a unique property consisting of a T-shaped brick and timber house with a cellar, joined by a covered walkway to a castellated stone courtyard and stables.

It is not known to what extent Ebden and his family enjoyed their holiday house, however it was a social rendezvous for Melbourne’s elite between 1858 and 1861. Following the Ebden Family’s return to England, Governor Sir Henry Barkly used the house as a vice-regal retreat between 1861 and 1863. After Ebden’s death in 1867, the house remained in the Ebden family until 1911, during which period it was rented out.

Over the years the house has been used as a guest house, a private house, and was for a decade converted into four flats. The land was gradually sold off and consequently, the house lost its beach frontage. Today, the beach track from the garden to Beach Road, remains.

Black Rock House was twice on the brink of demolition, first in 1927-30 and again in 1971-74. It is now owned by the Bayside City Council for the purpose of preserving and promoting important local heritage.

This one may need a bit of looking as there is lots of good spots. It is important that you put this back how you found it. Stealth may be required.

Also, do not look in the wall, it is not there! Please do not damage any part of the enviroment, it is a heritage listing. Thanks rabbito for the heads up.

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