St Kilda's historic mansions: photographs by Donald McDonald, curated by Peter Johnson

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Exhibition extended to May 7 2018.

The Port Phillip City Collection (PPCC) holds a number of Donald McDonald’s photographs of early St Kilda mansions taken in 1872. Peter Johnson, local architect and historian, presents a selection of these historic mansions notable for their architectural and historical significance.

Photographer, Donald McDonald (c.1830-1880)

Donald McDonald was an important Melbourne photographer specialising in landscape and architectural subjects. From 1868-1880 his studios were located in various locations in High Street, St Kilda. McDonald exhibited his works regularly. A photographic Album of Australian Moths and Butterflies was included in the Victorian Exhibition at The London International Exhibition of 1873.

Curator, Peter Johnson

Peter has been a resident and practising architect in St Kilda for over 32 years. He comes from a long line of architects, engineers and builders going back at least 5 generations with various branches of his family having lived in the South Melbourne and St Kilda area since 1859.

Peter has researched and written on a range of architectural and local history subjects, and has contributed to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture.

Peter has also served on many professional, municipal and community committees including the City of Port Phillip’s Cultural Heritage Reference Group and the St Kilda Historical Society of which he was president of from 2009 to 2015.

Image: Corvey, 79 Brighton Road, Elwood, 1872, sk0456, PPCC

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    Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre
    195 Bank Street
    South Melbourne
    Vic 3205
    Australia

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