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Seminar: The Dunvegan Estate in Macleod

I will be giving a seminar presentation on Tuesday 14 February about the development history of the Dunvegan housing estate, which is located in the Melbourne suburb of Macleod.

The Dunvegan Estate is a charming area composed of 1970’s and 1980’s single and double-storey detached residences. Its unassuming suburban character belies a richer history of boom-era land speculation, dubious land transfers and government redevelopment schemes that garnered the attention of two Royal Commissions.

As part of the Heidelberg Historical Society’s bimonthly seminar series, I will present a history of the development of the Dunvegan Estate, from the earliest land sales in the 1880’s, through to initial subdivision in the 1920’s and then eventual housing development in the 1970’s. I will explore why half a century passed between initial subdivision and home construction and why two levels of government needed to become very active participants in this scheme before anything happened on the ground.

Images of the Dunvegan Estate in Macleod, Victoria, Australia.

This historical research has been a passion project of mine over the past couple of years and it will be a pleasure to share it with the public.

The seminar presentation “A History of the Dunvegan Estate in Macleod” will commence at 8pm on Tuesday 14 February 2023 at the Uniting Church Community Centre in Seddon Street, Ivanhoe. Admission is free.

For more information about this event, contact the Heidelberg Historical Society.



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