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.
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.
Corner Melrose Court and Dorrigo Drive, Boronia VIC 3155.
Find out more about the background to Miller's Homestead:
- National Trust Record for Millers Homestead
- Miller’s Homestead community reference group terms of reference
- Community Update May 2020
- Community Update - March 2020
- Community Update - December 2019
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