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78 Riversdale Road

Page history last edited by Andrew F 9 years ago

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"Summerlee" was built for Dugald McDougall of Sands and McDougall perhaps in 1865, although he had been a Hawthorn resident since 1860. He was on the Hawthorn Council between 1860-1867, becoming Chairman in 1862/3. He was a leading Presbyterian Church Member. The house was leased between c1869 and 1880. It was extended in 1882/3, 3 years before his death. It was offered "for sale as a first class residence with nearly 3 acres, its situation and surroundings very beautiful", in 1886 with 280 feet frontage to Riversdale Road, and became the home of politician Sir George Turner before the First World War.



"Summerlee" c1890 (Image: Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria)
Sir George Turner (Image: Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria)



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