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Mansion Tudor Lodge Hilton House

By architect Beswicke, John , 1869 c



Tudor Lodge Hilton House
Beswicke, Charles Beswicke, John Hill, Cullis Sommers, Wiliam Johnson, Dr John Stephenson, A G

Street details

Harcourt St, 13

Building details

45 G9

Construction details

Beswicke, John
Stephenson & Meldrum
1869 c

Source, Ilustrations and Features

HOA, 3/32-3; Watts, 'John Beswicke´┐Ż - JB designed it for his parents in 1871, built 1872. Terry Sawyer Note: This date of construction appears to be incorrect. Typescript notes of G McWilliam on ML File based on rate books & S&M entries show John Beswicke/Charles Beswicke Jnr, 'Tudor Lodge', 1881; Cullis Hill, upholsterer, 1882; William Sommers, 1894; Dr John Johnson, 1899; Rob Stockfield, 1910; A G Stephenson, architect, 1930s. Miles Lewis note: Contrary to Terry/Gwen - Ken Bethell's 'Life and Times of John Beswicke' says that john Beswicke's address ast the time of his marriage in 1869 was 'Hilton House', Harcourt St, Hawethorn, which he had designed for his father. Henderson, Pioneer Families, pp 231-2 - Charles Beswicke, b Manchester 1805, son of John Beswicke, cotton mill owner of Oldham. The mills had to close in the depression following the American War of Independence, and Charles and two brothers emigrated to Port Phillip in 1841. Both brothers died. Beswicke began as a merchant in partnership with James Lomax at Melbourne and Geelong, and they took up Mordialloc No 3 (or Moodie Yallo) run, but Lomax died soon after, and Beswicke disposed of it in 1845. He married Eliza Keys, died at Auburn in 1885, she died 1899. Son John, b Melbourne 1847, articled to Crouch & Wilson and remained with them until the dissolution of partnership, then formed the partnership of Wilson & Beswicke, and continued it after Wilson's death. He married Mary Hannah Parsons, and died at Auburn in 1925. Son Robert Montague b Auburn CONTINUED ../2
Photos by Charles Cullis-Hill, c 1890, repr in Lane & Serle, Australians at Home, pp 237-240; also Forge, Victorian Splendour, pp 20, 28. SLV Picture Collection, H40255/1-31, LTA 377 f.6. Cullis Hill family photos, c 1890. Excellent series of exterior, interior & garden. [Good photo of front exterior is H40255/3]. Also photo of press cuttings describing contents at time of sale. Cuttings are Argus, 13 April 1891, [np]; Table Talk [unidentified] ; & [unidentified].