Friday, November 27, 2009

More bits on Toorak Grammar School

Tootling about the net - oh, now there's a dangerous past time for a gal with time on her hands! - and found some more details on the inhabitants and the house before it shrugged off its mantle of urban residence and acquired the sheen of academia.

The house had a name before it was known as Toorak Grammar School - it was Carrea.
I have no idea what this name meant to the Goldstraws or whence it came.

Frank Goldstraw's missus, Matilda Goldstraw, formerly Dixie, nee Broadbent, was no shy and retiring wall flower; this was an impassioned educator, too.
Matilda Broadbent's bio can be read HERE, I see no point in repeating someone else's excellent work.
Matilda had founded the Alexandra College in Hamilton, the Queen's College in Ballarat as well as teaching in various tents and schools.
Then, in 1893 she published her novel Milliara; An Australian Romance albeit under the name of Noel Hope and, although it did not recieve a favourable review in the Star newspaper of 1894 in New Zealand there were some pleasant words passed to describe the book, advertised in its 'cheap edition' for 2s 6d, in The Argus of April 20, 1894.

I have found a reference to a house in Toorak known as Milliara at the time Matilda would have been penning her romance - is there a connection? No idea but she must have been aware of the house and those who lived in it as it was owned by John Whiting a commercial traveller who founded the Commercial Travellers Club and who's house, Milliara, had been designed and decorated by architect Beverley Ussher.

Milliara sounds like another house to explore in the future, most probably via newspapers and written accounts as it's most likely gone the way of the Dodo like so many others.
Ah, well, just make certain to appreciate the ones that are left!

1 comment:

  1. "I see no point in repeating someone else's excellent work."

    Why not? J.K. Rowling seemed to make quite a bit of money from doing just that.