43 Mary St, Hawthorn, once home to the youngest known ANZAC to die serving at war, James Martin, is for sale.
A HAWTHORN property that holds a place in a remarkable ANZAC story is opening its doors to a new owner.
The house at 43 Mary St was once home to James Martin, known as the youngest Australian to die serving at war, aged just 14.
The grand circa-1886 home, dubbed Forres, is listed for sale with a price guide of $8 million.
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Soldier James (Jim) Martin lived at 43 Mary St when he enlisted in 1915.
James Martin, known as Jim, lived at the Mary St address when he enlisted for service in April 1915, claiming to be 18 years old.
The boy soldier was deployed to Egypt before going to Gallipoli, where he died of typhoid that October.
His name is recorded at the Lone Pine Memorial and his story has been commemorated by the Australian War Memorial.
The history of the Mary St home was passed on to the current vendors by its previous owners. The house was also described in the 2001 book Soldier Boy: The true story of Jim Martin, the youngest ANZAC, by Anthony Hill.
The circa-1886 property is known as ‘Forres’.
In the book, families farewell their sons going to war out the front of their houses, and No 43’s exterior remains much the same as it might have looked in this scene, according to the vendor, who did not want to be named.
“It’s probably almost identical to then,” he said.
The young digger’s mother ran a boarding house at the property for some years. It continued as a boarding house for decades, the vendor said.
A renovation and extension by local architect John O’Laughlin has given the home contemporary appeal.
The house, in the prized Grace Park precinct, has now been restored and modernised by local architect John O’Laughlin.
Its impressive facade is graced by a veranda paved with original tessellated tiles.
Inside, expansive living and entertainment areas are on the ground floor, along with a marble kitchen.
Six bedrooms include this one with fireplace and balcony.
Six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a study, gym and cellar are included, and on the rooftop a widow’s walk captures sweeping views. North-facing gardens and a pool are outside.
“It’s the most fantastic house — it’s a beautiful house to live in,” the vendor said.
A marble kitchen with Miele appliances joins the modern open-plan living space.
Jellis Craig Hawthorn director Richard Winneke said the home’s original grandeur and stylish modernisation made it a standout property.
“It’s a stunning home,” he said. “It’s been really tastefully modernised, sympathetically renovated and restored.”
A pool and terraces are outdoors in established garden surrounds.
Mr Winneke said the Grace Park estate was known for its heritage and No. 43 was among several stately homes in Mary St that were very tightly held. “They’re very rarely sold,” he said.
The property is set for auction at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 15.