The War Veterans home was erected in 1891 to designs by Major Albert Purchas, Honorary architect to the United Services Homes Institution, as a welfare establishment for impoverished war veterans of the British Army and Navy. The chaste brick structure is an unusual, eclectic design by prolific Melbourne architect Albert Purchas and most notable for the pointed window heads and entrance doorways and squat decorated tower. The institution was modeled on the Chelsea and Greenwich hospitals in London similarly serving Crimea War Veterans.
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