OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE
AT CLARENDON TERRACE:
208–210 Clarendon Street,
East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002
SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2019, 10.00am–4.00pm
Her Place Women's Museum is opening the historically significant Clarendon Terrace to the public as part of Open House Melbourne.
Come along for a self guided tour. Visitors will see an exhibition telling the stories of women from across Victoria who have made significant contributions to Australian society. We also have on display a small selection of Australian women’s pottery, as well as a display of interesting market research data about Australian women from the archives of Roy Morgan.
Clarendon Terrace was built in 1856-57 by Robert Huckson for Charles Lister, a wine and spirit merchant and brewer. The architect was Osgood Pritchard. It is one of Melbourne’s oldest and grandest terraces. Notable residents include Samuel McGowan, Electric Telegraph superintendent; G.C. Levey, M.L.A; Ah Mouy, a well-known Chinese merchant, rice miller and financier; and the Marks family, Elizabeth Street jewellers and opticians. Clarendon Terrace is socially and historically important for its associations with the preservation movement in Victoria. In 1977 it was saved from demolition and with government assistance the National Trust of Australia – Victoria took over the building. The Sir Robert Menzies Foundation then leased the terrace for 40 years until 2018. The Menzies Foundation restored and redesigned the interior, installing a new staircase and a large, timber, atrium ceiling space. With the assistance of a state government grant to the National Trust, Her Place Women's Museum Australia took over the lease of Clarendon Terrace in 2019.