Author: Charlie Spiteri

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.


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