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September Record of the Month – State Bank Of Victoria House Plans and Designs














These house plans were produced by the State Savings Bank of Victoria (VA 1041) and are a few examples of the different and versatile designs that this financial institution had on offer to their clients.

The State Savings Bank of Victoria provided many services, one of them being a credit foncier facility for mortgage loans and sale of debentures. From the 1920s the State Savings Bank of Victoria built homes for people of small means, this included the Garden City Estate at Fisherman’s Bend at Port Melbourne.

As an Access Services Officer and an employee of Public Record Office Victoria for the last 18 years I have seen a vast variety of records which I have found both fascinating and interesting. These House plan and design catalogues interest me as many of these houses still exist in older established suburbs. 

These catalogues display the different types of architecture and styles used from the 1920s to the 1960s.

The catalogues have many standard type designs but there are also the more elaborate ones for those who could afford them. Some of these more elaborate homes even have a bedroom set aside for a live in maid! 

These dwellings have stood the test of time due to their sound construction and have seen many families raised and nurtured in them both in the past and the present.

Written by Charlie Spiteri, Access Services Officer

7 Comments to September Record of the Month – State Bank Of Victoria House Plans and Designs

  1. Kerry Jones's Gravatar Kerry Jones
    August 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    This is really interesting. Do you have records of houses built by particular builders? My father was a builder who built many houses which were financed by the State Savings Bank.

    • Reading_Room's Gravatar Reading_Room
      November 1, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Good morning Kerry

      Thank you for your enquiry. Depending on where and when your father built houses depends on if we have these records.

      PROVguide 6: Property and building Research may be of assistance to you. It states:
      Building permits; applications and plans

      Applications for building permits contain a range of details about buildings including architectural plans, additions, renovations and correspondence between council and the owner or occupier. Building permit applications cover private residences, factories, public buildings, offices and shops.

      You can determine whether PROV holds permit records for the council you are seeking by navigating to the relevant council Agency page on PROV’s online catalogue. See VRG 12 Municipalities for a list of councils registered on PROV’s online catalogue. Remember to search for the council that created the permit, which may not be the same as the council who may now have responsibility for that area.

      If you find a relevant council on the online catalogue navigate to the Records list on the Agency page and scan the list for a permit series, then read the ordering instructions on the series page.

      All the best with you research. If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at

      Kind regards
      Reading Room

  2. Enigma Interiors's Gravatar Enigma Interiors
    September 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

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  3. Craftbuilt Kitchens's Gravatar Craftbuilt Kitchens
    September 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

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  4. Julie Kemp's Gravatar Julie Kemp
    September 12, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Hello from Toowoomba, Qld.
    I was born, raised and trained in dear old Melbourne. I miss the place – of my memory!
    My grandfather, George William Kemp defaulted on his SSB loan on their house at 66 Brunel Street, East Malvern, circa 1936. Is there a chance of any record on this; say the plan of the house perhaps? I understand it is still standing and i have been in touch with the current lady owner – as she was about 2 years ago.
    Kind regards
    Julie Kemp

    • Reading_Room's Gravatar Reading_Room
      September 13, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      Why not take a look at our Property Research guide –

  5. jamesmorkal65's Gravatar jamesmorkal65
    October 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi, just a moment back I was searching for the information on the same topic and now I am here. So much information, really well executed blog. This is really informative and I will for sure refer my friends the same. Thanks
    Home Plans

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