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Ercildoune, Footscray Historical Society

Architect: Terry & Oakden

City of Maribyrnong | M06

Ercildoune is the home of Footscray Historical Society which purchased the building in 1970. Built by the National Bank of Australasia and opened in 1876, it was Footscray’s first custom-built bank. As was usual at the time, the manager and family lived on the premises. During the First World War, the three sons of the then manager, all employed by the bank, enlisted and returned home. In 1918, the bank took over the Colonial Bank and moved its business to Barkly Street. The manager and his family continued to reside in Napier Street. In 1942, the bank sold the building, and it was then used as a rooming house with the name, Ercildoune. Over the years, the Footscray Historical Society has worked to restore the building and has leased the first floor to obtain necessary funds for maintenance. In the last seven years, the tenancy has been to an artists’ collective. Features of the building include the vault providing security for some of the society’s heritage collection, the ceramic tiles of the banking chamber, and the handsome entrance hall and stairway.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-2pm

  • What's Open: English Garden, bank vault,

  • Tour Type: M06

  • Tour Details: Tours at every 30 mins, running for 20minutes, in groups of15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1876

  • Transport: Bus stop: Cowper St on route 220.


66 Napier St, Footscray 3011, VIC


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