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Dorset Terrace: 136-144 St John Street, Launceston, Tasmania

As far as terraces go, Launceston is definitely one of Australia’s most suprising cities.  Its inner streets could be straight out of inner Sydney or Melbourne, all in a city a tenth the size of Adelaide such was the popularity of this housing style during its boom period.  Despite all this, almost all prominent texts on the subject point to one example, Alpha Terrace (which will be posted in due course possibly due to its bizarre mix of Sydney and Melbourne idiosyncrasies), though in my personal opinion there are many more notable examples of the style, some on the same St John Street stretch, such as the spectacular heritage listed1 “Dorset Terrace”2 a row of five homes erected in 1888 and likely  named after Dorset county in south west England, possibly overlooked due to its self aggrandizing Melbourne style.

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  1. Launceston City Council Schedule 2 Heritage Listed properties
  2. National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) database

Avonmore: 26-42 The Avenue, Randwick. Sydney, New South Wales

Avonmore Terrace is currently a boutique hotel located opposite Alison Park in Randwick.  Built in 1888 by John Walsh the triple storey row of nine terraces contains 23 rooms rich in interior detail.  Pictured above is the middle terrace which is its most interesting feature.

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21-51 Georgina Street, Newtown. Sydney, New South Wales

This photo taken from the Newtown Synagogue shows the long row of fifteen grand triple storey Italianate style terrace houses dominated by a massive Moreton Bay fig tree in the middle of the street. Almost half of the row fronts Hollis Park.

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10-12 Crimea Street, St Kilda. Melbourne, Victoria

Crimea Street in St Kilda is a beautiful street lined by mature plane trees. While there are a number of flats, there are also a number of large and handsome Victorian homes including a few pairs of terrace houses like this one. This semi detached pair would have to be one of the most imposing, however. Set well back from the street and with generous wide proportions and extremely high ceilings, a lot of effort has gone into simulating stone and solid construction giving the terraces an overall majestic appearance. Unlike other Melbourne terraces, however this is notably achieved without heavy emphasis on its parapet.

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34-38 Webster Street, Ballarat. Victoria

One of several rows of terraces in the prestigious Webster Street area between Ballarat CBD and Lake Wendouree, this row of three single storey terrace houses has the appearance of both a single terrace and individual villas.

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