The Newlands Estate Precinct, comprising houses at 43-93 and 42-48 Murray Road, 1-31 and 2-50 Ballard Avenue, 1-15 and 2-52 Bateman Court, 2-10 Bernice Court, 2-18 Blanche Court, 1-29 and 2-20 Boyd Crescent, 1-47 and 2-32 Boyne Street, 1-23 and 2-34 Claremont Street, 1-109 and 12-48 Connolly Avenue, 31A-129 Elizabeth Street, 1-11 and 2-6 Goff Street, 2-20 Grey Court, 2-34 Hutchison Place, 1-27 and 2-44 Jackson Parade, 1-19 and 2-20 Julius Street, 1-15 and 2-8 Meadow Street, 1-33 and 2-16 Mehegan Avenue, 2-18 Muriel Court, 2-32 Outlook Road, 1-39 Peterson Avenue, 2-16 Rasmussen Court, 1-65 Ronald Street, 1-23 and 2-28 Spring Street, 1-23 and 2-42 Whitton Parade.
How is it significant?
The Newlands Estate Precinct is of state historical, social and architectural significance to the City of Moreland.
Why is it significant?
The Newlands Estate Precinct is of state historical significance as a section of one of the first large-scale housing estates developed on farm land in the then outer suburbs of Melbourne by the Housing Commission of Victoria between 1940 and 1953.
The Newlands Estate Precinct is of state architectural and town planning significance as one of the first Housing Commission estates to incorporate a mixture of housing types and densities, including cottages, duplexes and walk-up flats, along lines promoted by British and American Garden Suburb and New Town theorists. The buildings are constructed of weatherboard, red, clinker or cream brick with timber-framed windows and terracotta or corrugated asbestos sheet roofing. The street planning in the Estate is a notable example of the application by the Housing Commission of Garden Suburb planning, and retains a high degree of intactness.
The Newlands Estate Precinct is also of state social significance as one of the first Housing Commission estates to actively incorporate elements of British and American Garden Suburb and New Town Theory. Elements included a number of small parks, a small shopping centre and a school to foster a sense of community. The shopping centre and school were to be meeting places for the young families newly arrived on the estate. The shopping centre was strategically located at the centre of the overall development for this reason.
Newlands also extends west across Elizabeth Street into Preston (Darebin council) within the area generally
bounded by Elizabeth Street, Murray
Road, George Street (including properties
on the east side of George St) and Murphy Street.