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Architect: E Own Hughes

City of Melbourne | R08

Islington is a unique heritage property of historic, cultural and architectural significance. Adjoining the former Kensington Property Exchange, Islington is an extraordinarily intact example of a late 19th century shop/office and residence, with brick stable and coach house at the rear. Built by local realtor James Wales – who went on to become Mayor of Flemington – Islington has served as a Kensington landmark since its construction in 1891. The building was designed by Edward Owen Hughes, a local architect who designed many shops and houses in the Kensington area. It was used as a set in television shows Carson’s Law and The Sullivans, and was the first property to fetch $1 million when it sold in 2004.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: R08

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, running for 30minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Residential

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1891-92

  • Transport: Kensington Railway Station: Craigieburn line


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