People & Places

Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Robert graduated as an architect from the University of Melbourne in 1968. He then worked with Alistair Knox in Eltham until early 1973, punctuated with an extensive overseas trip. In 1973 Robert set up his own architectural ... read more
The Great Hall looking South East

Montsalvat

Montsalvat is an artist colony in Eltham, Victoria, Australia, established by Justus Jorgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 48,562 m2 (12 acres) of land. The ... read more
John Perceval (right) & Arthur Boyd in 1943 Photograph: Albert Tucker.

John Perceval

John de Burgh Perceval AO (1 February 1923 - 15 October 2000) was a well-known Australian artist. Perceval was the last surviving member of a group known as the Angry Penguins who redefined Australian art in the 1940s. Other members ... read more
Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard. Photo: University of Melbourne

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard

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. Pittard then enrolled in a diploma of pharmacy at the Victorian College ... read more
Clifton Pugh self portrait

Clifton Ernest Pugh

Clifton Ernest Pugh (1924-1990), artist, was born on 17 December 1924 at Richmond, Melbourne, youngest of three sons of English-born Thomas Owen Pugh, assistant mechanical engineer, and his wife, Adelaide-born Violet Ogden, nee Cooke. His ... read more
Wynn Roberts as Sgt. Bumpher in Picnic at Hanging Rock

Wyn Roberts

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 Matcham Skipper and lived at the rear of a Drummond Street ... read more
Frederick Romberg in 1937

Frederick Romberg

Frederick Romberg (1913–1992), architect and academic, was born Friedrich Sigismund Hermann Romberg on 21 June 1913 at Tsingtao (Qingdao), China, second child of German parents Kurt Romberg, judge, and his wife Else (Elspeth), née Gilow ... read more
Matcham Skipper in the early 1940s

Matcham Skipper

Born New Zealand, October 14, 1921. Died Melbourne, February 24 2011, aged 89. The third child and only son of Mervyn Garnham Skipper and Lena Cooper Skipper. The family eventually settled in a Burley Griffin designed house in Outlook ... read more
Sonia Skipper at Montsalvat

Sonia Skipper

Sonia Skipper born May 8,1918 in Western Australia, died Renmark South Australia May 21, 2008. Her parents were Mervyn Garnham Skipper and Lena Cooper Skipper. She was the second of three children. Her father was a telagraphist for the ... read more
Geoff Trewenack's house in Camberwell designed by Borland & Trewenack in 1959

Geoffrey Trewenack

Geoffrey Trewenack was an architect who worked for Alistair Knox in the early 1950s. During this period he lived with his wife, Toni, in a flat on the Knox property in Eltham. Being a registed architect, which Alistair was not, he was ... read more
Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in ... read more