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The Heidelberg Historical Society Museum is now open on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm

Truth, Beauty & Utility Exhibition now open

This exhibition traces the Arts & Crafts Movement, from the sudden craze for Japanese-inspired decoration in the 1880s to the non-historical ‘Art Nouveau’ of 1900, to the rugged Californian bungalow of 1920—all as seen in our local area.

‘Truth, Beauty & Utility’ is now open at the Museum and can be viewed on Sundays from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Please note that for the remainder of 2021 the Research Room will not be open on Sundays due to density requirements. The Museum will be closed during December 2021 and January 2022.

Coronavirus restrictions

As per Victorian Government regulation the following are required as conditions of entry to the Museum:

For more information please see the Current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne at the Victorian Government website.

Society membership

If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.

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Hold on?! Where did that house come from?

Posted on Thursday, 4th March 2021 by Janine Rizzetti

If you were driving along Rosanna Road in 2011 you might have been startled to see this handsome weatherboard home appear like magic on a block south of the Assisi Centre Aged Care complex, close to the Coorie Cres corner.

In fact, the house had stood on the grounds of the former convent since 1903 but on the northern side, largely hidden by trees. Part of the original St James Park Estate subdivision, it was designed by the architects Oakden and Ballantyne for G.T.A. Laveter, who was the Chief Accountant of the Victoria Railways. Oakden and Ballantyne also designed the Ivanhoe and Hawthorn Fire Stations. It was variously known as ‘Laveter House’ or ‘The Gables’.

It was purchased by the Sisters of Mercy in 1927, who built the nearby convent in 1928-9. It became the residence for a number of priests until the mid 1960s, and was later occupied by a group of Maronite nuns.

20th August 2011

When Assisi Centre Aged Care expanded their aged care facilities, the house was relocated to a block south of the old convent building, closer to the road. It was shifted in August 2011, following a route through the centre grounds rather than using Rosanna Road. Weighing 120 tonnes, it had beams inserted under the house and was shifted by two heavy loaders- one at the front and the other at the back.

In its original location, the house was surrounded by beautiful gardens, including huge date palms. Let’s hope that one day the gardens of Laveter House might flower again.

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