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Miller's Homestead and Gardens, Boronia

Miller's Homestead is one of three historic homesteads owned by Knox Council, including Ambleside Homestead and Stamford Park.

The Homestead is currently closed to the public while Council plans for its future use.

Future Use of Miller’s Homestead

On 30 March 2020, Council considered a report on the potential future uses of Miller’s Homestead. The report brought together your feedback, Council officer research and the results of the feasibility study.

Council agreed with the results of the community consultation, that Miller’s Homestead be used for proactive programming, an art and history centre, and be managed by a community or not-for-profit group.

Council has recruited a project officer to focus on the work required, including finding a community or not-for-profit tenant and getting the facility ready for its new use.

Expressions of Interest - now open

Council is seeking applications from community members to form the Miller’s Homestead Community Reference Group. We are also seeking submissions from community not-for-profit organisations to take on a tenancy arrangement at the venue.    

Community Reference Group (CRG) – Expression of Interest

To join this group and have your say about the best ways to preserve, showcase and activate this community heritage asset, you must live, work, study, play or regularly visit Knox, and have skills and interest in some of the following:

  • local history and historical programs
  • arts and cultural programs
  • event and venue management
  • heritage buildings and tenancy agreements
  • heritage gardens and sustainability practices.

The CRG will meet approximately 12 times per year, and the appointment is for 12 months.
Meetings will be a combination of face-to-face and online.

Before applying, please read the Miller’s Homestead Community Reference Group Terms of Reference.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Submit an EOI for Miller's Homestead Community Reference Group

If you would like to visit Miller's Homestead before submitting an application, registered visits to the site are now available. Register your attendance.

For more information, email the Miller's Homestead Project Officer at millers@knox.vic.gov.au

Miller's Homestead Tenancy – Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest are sought from community and not for profit organisations to undertake a tenancy arrangement at Miller’s Homestead Boronia, a much loved historic homestead set on 1.4 acres of heritage gardens.

Applicants will share our vision for establishing the property as a vibrant 'Community Arts and History Centre' offering innovative and collaborative programs, services and activities that optimise this heritage asset and support community participation in arts, culture and heritage activities.

The Expression of Interest is for a 12-month pilot tenancy period, with the option for a further four-year tenancy agreement where the pilot period is successful for the tenant, Council and the Knox Community.

To be eligible to submit an EOI for Miller’s Homestead tenancy, you must:

  • be a Not-for Profit or Incorporated Community Group
  • submit the online EOI Application Form by 5pm 30 June 2021
  • declare Conflict of Interest within your application
  • upload essential documentation with your application including:
    • Incorporated NFP Statement
    • Certificate of Current Public Liability Insurance
    • Latest Annual Report including audited financial Draft 12-month program concept summary

Responses to the Expression of Interest will be evaluated using a set of weighted selection criteria measuring:

  • alignment to council plan
  • benefit to the community
  • scale and fit for purpose
  • financial impact and risk.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Submit an EOI for Miller's Homestead tenancy

If you would like to visit Miller's Homestead before submitting an application, registered visits to the site are now available. Register your attendance.

For more information, email the Miller's Homestead Project Officer at millers@knox.vic.gov.au

History

Learn more about this historic homestead:

  • Other Names: Melrose
  • Date of Construction: 1888
  • Type of Place: Formerly a private residence.
  • Owned by the City of Knox as part of Knox Heritage and used for exhibitions, seminars and performances.
  • Listing Status: Classified National Trust Australia (Vic.) File No. 2173.

(Melrose), Miller Road, The Basin, is a single storey villa erected for former printer and first Shire President James John Miller in 1888.

The stuccoed dwelling, which replaced an 1870's house, is believed to have been designed by English architect Thomas Hunter. Symmetrical in design, the dwelling is characterised by its two large bay windows with French doors instead of windows and by the encircling timber and cast iron verandah.

Construction is in brick with a corrugated iron hipped roof. (Melrose), Miller Road, The Basin, is an Italianate Boom style villa of consequence for its historical associations with the settlement of the district and especially with first Shire President James John Miller, who built the house. The house is part of the historic landscape of the district and is architecturally of note.

While a fairly typical house of its period, (Melrose) is unusual for the use of French doors instead of windows and for the merging of the bay window roofs into the ridge, a most uncommon detail.

Statement of Significance

This single storey Victorian residence was the home of James John Miller, the first President of Ferntree Gully Shire (1889).

Stables and training facilities were established out of wilderness and scrub on the original property bounded by Miller Rd, Albert Ave and Mountain Hwy, which was just over 77 acres. Miller owned other blocks adjacent to this property including the entire shopping centre area in The Basin, well over 400 acres in total.

The building is the best example of the Victorian style boom era of the 1880's in the City of Knox, and has been restored faithfully. The garden has also been landscaped as far as possible to the original design with propagation of remnants of vegetation including a camellia walkway dating from the 1890's.

Updates

For more information and updates on Miller’s Homestead:
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Location

Miller's Homestead
Corner Melrose Court and Dorrigo Drive, Boronia VIC 3155.

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