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prahran house with links to modern melbourne founder literary history sells

Written by The ReReport

19 Hornby St, Prahran has sold to a family who plans to update it and move in.

A HISTORIC Prahran house, with links to a founder of modern Melbourne and a past as a prominent book publishing firm, is poised to enter a new grand chapter after its sale.
The 1881 Victorian achieved an undisclosed price, understood to have fallen below the latest $2.475 million asking price.
Hocking Stuart’s Andrew Summons said 19 Hornby St’s history had been a drawcard for the buyers.

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John Pascoe FawknerJohn Pascoe Fawkner owned the land the Victorian at 19 Hornby St was built on.

19 Hornby St, PrahranInside 19 Hornby St.

The four-bedroom house was built on land bought in 1850 by John Pascoe Fawkner, who co-founded modern Melbourne with John Batman.
It later became the headquarters of book publishers Lloyd O’Neil and John Currey.
Works by Power Without Glory author Frank Hardy and I Can Jump Puddles writer Alan Marshall were arranged inside the property, where parties for the literary world were also believed to have been held.

19 Hornby St, PrahranThe property was a publishing house for a decade.

The sellers had lived at the Hawthorn brick home since the ‘80s, updating it in that decade.
The new owners, a family, would “do it up and move in”, Mr Summons said.
“That’s what it needs, a little bit of love. And that’s what it’s going to get,” he said.

19 Hornby St, PrahranThe house is one of the earliest and largest homes in Prahran, according to its selling agent.

The agent said the property attracted “a lot of lookers” after hitting the market in August, initially with a $2.7-$2.9 million price guide, with freestanding Victorians rare in the Prahran area.
“It’s not a terrace. It’s a very big Victorian home,” he said.
“It’s one of the earlier, larger homes in Prahran.”

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