People & Places


Gordon Ford

Gordon Ford, ably assisted by Alistair Knox and Tony Jackson, making mud bricks on an early Alistair Knox house Landscape designer 1918 - 1999 We used to call him Thatch or Golden Boy because of his hair; and since he always worked   Read more ...


Horry Judd

Horrie Judd in a typical pose at work on the Periwinkle house On first meeting Horrie Judd It all came to be more than Sonia [then Knox's foreman] could keep up with, partly because of her transport limitations [a horse named Sherry]   Read more ...


Eltham

The Eltham bush Eltham is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Eltham had a population of 18,162   Read more ...

Family and friends at Open Country, c.1951,

The Boyds

Family and friends at Open Country, c.1951, (Left to right, back) David Boyd, Merric Boyd, Hatton Beck, (Left to right centre) Guy Boyd, Lucy Boyd (with child), Mary Boyd, John Perceval, unidentified, Yvonne and son Jamie Boyd, (Left to   Read more ...

Betty Burstall

Betty Burstall

Betty Burstall 1926 - 2013 Betty Burstall photographed Betty Burstall, the former teacher who nurtured Melbourne's explosion of contemporary theatre in the 1960s and '70s, has died. She was 87. The founder of Carlton's   Read more ...

Kenneth Gee (left) and Professor David Armstrong, pictured at a press conference for The Friends Of Vietnam at the Rex ...

David Armstrong

David Armstrong, 1926-2014David Armstrong, affectionally known as DMA or Armo, was in an elite category of Australian intellectuals ? a philosopher who developed an international reputation, perhaps the most considerable of any   Read more ...

Dorian Leon Marlois Le Gallienne

Dorian Leon Marlois Le Gallienne

Dorian Leon Marlois Le Gallienne (1915-1963), composer, was born on 19 April 1915 at Armadale, Melbourne, only child of Dorian Reginald Harold Ronald Le Gallienne, a French-born actor, and his wife Charlotte Edith Estella, née White,   Read more ...

Richard Downing

Richard (Dick) Downing

Photo: Matk Strizic Richard Ivan (Dick) Downing (1915-1975), economist, was born on 13 March 1915 at Caulfield, Melbourne, second child of Horace Gleadow Downing, public servant, and his wife Blanche Pauline, née Domec-Carré, both   Read more ...

Alistair Knox

Alistair Knox

Alistair Samuel Knox (1912-1986), architect and builder, was born on 8 April 1912 at South Melbourne, second child of locally born parents Arthur Jean François Knox, clerk, and his wife Margaret Longmore, née Brown. Educated   Read more ...

Wynn Roberts

Wyn Roberts

Wynn Roberts as Sgt. Bumpher in Picnic at Hanging Rock Wynn Roberts, who was on his way to becoming a leading Shakespearian actor, became my first foreman and took control of the construction of this house. He was a close friend of   Read more ...

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard. Photo: Uniersity of Melbourne Microbial geneticist Alfred James (Jim) Pittard was born in Ballarat in 1932. He completed secondary school at the Ballarat Church of England Grammar School in 1949.   Read more ...

Justus Jorgensen in 1939

Justus Jorgensen

Justus Jorgensen in 1939 Justus Jorgensen (1893-1975), artist, was born on 12 May 1893 at East Brighton, Melbourne, third of six children of Simon Jorgensen, a master mariner from Norway, and his Victorian-born wife Nora, née   Read more ...

Ferguson tractor

Keith Joslyn

A Ferguson tractor 1950 Alistair says of Keith Joslyn in his article 'Belief in Building' He is, without exception, the prince of earth-movers and land-sculptors. He started earth-moving at the age of about eleven, with the aid of a   Read more ...