333-337 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

This row of three single storey double fronted red brick Victorian era terraces mid way along the block is probably most notable for sporting a rare piece of Australiana – a kookaburra motif in its iron lacework.  According to expert on cast iron lacework Graeme Robertson, just a couple examples of this pattern in use exist, and one of them, at 16 Chatsworth Road, Prahran was demolished a couple of decades ago.  The terraces were built in 1888 as homes for Ballarat’s middle class.  This may be the only row of terraces existing in Australia with this pattern.

333-337 Lydiard Street North.  Soldiers Hill.  Ballarat, Victoria

333-337 Lydiard Street North. Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria

The houses marches down the hill are a similar but more decorative style to others on the street. The terraces themselves are decorated with a dichromatic brick in patterns. Two columns support the filligree verandahs. The roof features eave brackets of shaped double brick. The visible low pitched profile with two banded chimneys each with decorative brick cornices and twin terracotta pots servicing a set of four main rooms at the front of each house.

333 has had its outbuildings demolished in favour of a modern extension and has an out of context colourbond roof.

One of the terraces, 337 was home to Corporal Norman D’Angri of the 31st Battalion, who was killed in action 26 September 1917.1

The terraces are offered local heritage protection as part of the City of Ballarat’s heritage overlay HO170.

2 Responses to “333-337 Lydiard Street North, Soldiers Hill. Ballarat, Victoria”

  • rohan:

    Be nice to know if there other kookaburra cast-iron panels – G Robertson was an active amatuer, and researched pattern books, but he cant have looked at every house in Australia ! I suspect there may be some in sydney, where they liked native symbols more than melbourne, though that was more true later as federation loomed. I was also going to say dichromatic is the wrong term, but to my surprise the dictionary says its right. But so is bichrome (but not bichromatic), and thats the term usually used by architectural historians in Victoria, probably thanks to Miles Lewis, along with polychrome for more than two colours.

  • admin:

    Agree Rohan that no doubt there are other houses with this pattern as you mention, Robertson rarely ventured out of Melbourne. I have seen at least one of them for example in Redan a suburb of Ballarat, however I do not know of any other rows of houses that have this pattern, would love to be proved wrong. I believe it was cast in Victoria, so it is less likely that it would be found elsewhere.

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