Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Walk - dpb photos

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Victorian Two Story Home

Influenced by British housing styles, Victorian (1840 to 1890) homes were adorned with decorative brickwork, timber verandahs and patterned tile floors. Their cast-iron lacework also became more detailed and more ornate thanks to the 1850 gold rush and the establishment of ironworks in Melbourne.

As the country revelled in wealth, widespread prosperity spurred a mass building boom. Developers established housing in, what are today, some of the country’s most prominent suburbs. Now, with the capacity to make cast iron, developers and architects no longer needed to import it from Britain.

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