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Specimen Cottage, the oldest terrace house in Bendigo is also reputed to be the oldest house and possibly oldest buildings in the city. The row of two sandstone ashlar cottages was built in two stages. The first single storey double fronted cottage was erected in 1856 by local stonemason James Brierley. The name and date are enscribed in stone above the doorway. In 1861 he extended it with a matching double storey cottage.
Located on the corner of Princess Street and Petrie Terrace, this row of four attached workers cottages on the fringe of the central business district was built in an era when Brisbane was still without public transport. Forming part of the historic Petrie Terrace group of terraces and cottages, its prominently steep gable roof is free of projecting party walls and each cottage is marked only by paired dormer windows and shared chimneys between each pair. This is probably the most rustic of the remaining working cottages with its corrugated iron roof clearly corroding. The addition of an interwar shopfront on the corner obscures one of the end terraces.
This pair of timber terraced houses (or cottages) in Ballan particularly interests me. Not only is it a pretty good but rare example of terraced housing in a small Victorian town, but it appears to also be an early example as well. Ballan was an important stopover on the goldfields route in the 1850s and this terrace is situated directly facing this main thoroughfare. The appearance of the terraces appears to put them before the 1860s which would make it very rare and historic for both Ballan and Victoria, though it is also possible like many similar, that it has origins as a hotel.
Sitting all by itself, without any heritage protection and surrounded by sprawling modern factories but in remarkably good condition is this little Coburg gem. It certainly is an unusual sight with its spectacular display of polychrome brickwork patterns of zig zags and diamond under the window, its elaborate ironwork including spiral window columns, classical verandah supports, brackets and frieze and its highly decorative parapet and party walls. Perhaps it is a “nail house” and someone lives there or perhaps it has been adaptively used as a small office or something.