C1887

"Wombalano," Toorak, The Residence of J.M.Bruce, Esq., J.P.

Colonial engravings of Wombalano, Toorak. John Munro Bruce, a merchant, owned the mansion Wombalano in Kooyong Road, Toorak. Bruce was a founder of the (Royal) Melbourne Golf Club in 1891 and his son Stanley Melbourne Bruce became Prime Minister of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

“Wombalano,” Toorak, The Residence of J.M.Bruce, Esq., J.P.

Date:

C1887

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 150mm
AUTHENTICITY
"Wombalano," Toorak, The Residence of J.M.Bruce, Esq., J.P. - Antique View from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Colonial engravings of Wombalano, Toorak.

John Munro Bruce, a merchant, owned the mansion Wombalano in Kooyong Road, Toorak. Bruce was a founder of the (Royal) Melbourne Golf Club in 1891 and his son Stanley Melbourne Bruce became Prime Minister of Australia from 1923 to 1929. Wombalano was built in 1884 in the Italianate style. The mansion, which included thirty rooms, balconies and tower, surrounded by stables, coach-house and tennis court, was considered one of the grandest in the district. Being situated on the crown of the hill, the building commanded one of the finest panoramas in Melbourne.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 16439.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 4084242
State Library Victoria: CCF 994.5 V66S
State Library New South Wales: 74Vv5vQ4lxmZ

G.R.A. - George Rossi Ashton (1857 - 1942)

Ashton studied at the South Kensington School of Art and became a black-and-white illustrator for the London Graphic. In 1877-78 he represented the Illustrated London News at the Kaffir war and next year joined Julian on the Illustrated Australian News in Melbourne; together they covered the capture of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan. He was among the first sketch-artists of the Bulletin, drew also for the Australasian Sketcher, the Illustrated Sydney News and the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, and was art editor and artist for Victoria and its Metropolis. In 1886-88 he was a member of the Art Society of New South Wales and the Australian Artists' Association (Victoria). In 1893 he returned to England where he continued to illustrate for various papers and toured music-halls with a lightning-sketch routine.

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