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Musbury Terrace: 15-25 Ruth Street. Perth, Western Australia

Musbury Terrace is a row of six terraced houses and one of Perth’s few single storey rows. Built in 18971, each house consisted five rooms, kitchen bath and pantry.2 Architecturally the cottages are minimalist, with a horizontal parapet decorated only by urns atop each party wall and vermiculation, bullnose verandahs and iron lace consisting of a shallow fringe and brackets.

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  1. Western Australia Heritage Council record 08742
  2. The West Australian Advertising Saturday 31 March 1906. pg. 16

Stawell and Princess: 33-35 Princess Street, Kew. Melbourne, Victoria

Terraces aren’t as common in Kew as other Melbourne suburbs, but there are still a few around. This pair was completed in 1892 for William Grace.1 Stawell, originally known as Biggin and Princess are architecturally, the pair is fairly typical of the style seen elsewhere in Melbourne, though fewer of this style were built elsewhere in the 1890s.

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  1. Boroondara Heritage Review B Graded Buildings. Lovel Chen 2005. pg. 287

Railway barracks. Lot 3 Young Street. Albury, New South Wales

The railway barracks at Albury is an important heritage registered row of 8 cottages built in 1890 as temporary rest houses for coach staff1 and believed to be the oldest of its kind remaining in Australia.

Currently in derelict condition with extensive boardings and graffiti it is protected on the NSW Heritage register. As part of the ongoing Albury railway station redevelopment urban renewal project it is being preserved for future adaptive reuse.

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  1. Albury Railway Precinct. NSW Heritage

109-115 Paisley Street, Footscray. Melbourne, Victoria

The most distinctive feature of this row of four Footscray cottages is their overly tall triangular parapets which cascading with scrolls and central arch seashell motif is both a nod to the Dutch style and effectively hide the hip and gable roof behind. It is most likely that before painting, they were red brick and cream painted render typical of the 1890s.   For many years from the 1930s to the 1950s they were sold as a single investment row12 as such its probably a miracle that they have survived to the present day in an area which had seen so much change. There is no doubt that terraces are now exceptionally rare in this area. Whether they, along with their neighbouring terraces escape the current extensive redevelopment of Footscray with no heritage protection or overlay at any level3 remains to be seen. There is no doubt that terraces are now exceptionally rare in this area.

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  1. The Argus. Advertising pg 3. 1st February, 1936
  2. Williamstown Chronicle. Advertising pg6 7th October, 1949
  3. Maribyrnong Planning Scheme Ho08

286-302 Jones Street, Pyrmont. Sydney, New South Wales

Set high in Pyrmont’s hills, this is one of two long and similarly designed but distinct rows of single storey cottages, like its neighbours, this row of nine is notable for its polychrome treatment and Queen Anne inspired gable design.  Built in the late 1890s, sometime after 1897, the homes first appear in council rate books around 1901.1  The entire row was owned by J E Kin and let at £35.2

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  1. City of Sydney Assessment books 1896-1901
  2. ibid

77-79 Grey Street, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

This architecturally fascinating eclectic double storey terraced pair located on once fashionable but now seedy St Kilda Hill features aspects of both Federation and Queen Anne styles merged with the terrace house idiom with its distinctive “blood and bandage” red brick and cream render. A picturesque effect is achieved through the central gable parapet along with the steeply pitched slate roof high chimneys with their terracotta pots. Dating to 1892, the residences were built for Gavan Shaw, a wine merchant who owned and lived in a neighbouring mansion. For many years, however, it operated as a backpacker hostel known as “St Kilda Lodge”.

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86-92 Union Street, Pyrmont. Sydney, New South Wales

This row of four double storey shophouses in Sydney’s Pyrmont were originally terrace houses built in 1890 but they’ve suffered quite a lot in the conversion.

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