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Portable Iron Houses

399 Coventry St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9656 9889
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Interesting Piece Of History

The iron house which was not open when we visited was an interesting pierce of history dating back... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
Oldjack
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
Hot On A Tin Roof

These were portable Corrugated Iron homes imported to Australia during the 1850's Gold Rush for a... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Joseph P
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Melbourne, Australia
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399 Coventry St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

The iron house which was not open when we visited was an interesting pierce of history dating back to the Gold Rush days and great that they have been retained particularly with some of the magnificent old houses around..

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

These were portable Corrugated Iron homes imported to Australia during the 1850's Gold Rush for a supply and demand due to the rising amount of immigrants and shortage of housing. These three are fine examples, one on its original site, of these homes and the...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2016

If you love architecture or social history this is a gem. Tucked away in South Melbourne, which has a wonderful history to explore. To think the houses were homes to many working class people and then the lower classes, to think people lived and were...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

The museum includes three different examples of English made prefabricated iron house which were imported into Victoria in the 1850s. One was erected on the site while the other two have been re-erected here. There is an excellent introductory video and friendly and knowledgeable guides...More

2  Thank Ian S
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

We live in the area of the iron houses, and have walked by them many times and had intended to one day visit them. I happened to walk past one weekend when it was open to the public and decided to go in and have...More

2  Thank culinary_traveller3
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We live in the general area of the iron houses, and had walked by them many times. We'd never got around to going on a tour on the specified day so were delighted to find the portable iron houses were part of Open House Melbourne...More

2  Thank nocatnow
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

A group of 16 people had booked and paid National Trust of Victoria in advance as required for a private tour of the Portable Iron Houses. Arrived 10 minutes early to ensure we were on time. No-one around to open the exhibition. Called H/O after...More

1  Thank DrohanAnn
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

The portable iron houses are quite interesting for anyone wanting to take a peek at the past. While they are definitely worth preserving, I wouldn't consider them an attraction to make a special trip to see. However if you are in the area they are...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2015

South Melbourne, comprised nearly 100 portable buildings, of which 399, Patterson House, still stands on its original site. Abercrombie House and Bellhouse House were moved to the current sites from North Melbourne and Fitzroy respectively.

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Reviewed 29 November 2014

A friend who loves photographing local sights took me to see these prefabricated iron houses near the South Melbourne Market. The houses, which are registered by the National Trust of Australia, are significant because few 19th-century portable iron buildings survive worldwide. What you see from...More

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