Address Book

Singer John Farnham spent his first ten years in England before his family emigrated to Australia in 1959 to live in Melbourne. His first school was Yarraman Park State School (above), followed by Lyndale Primary School and Lyndale High School.

The Seekers, Australia's world-conquering folk-pop quartet played their first gigs at South Yarra's Treble Clef coffee lounge, which was in Toorak Road, South Yarra, a few blocks east of the South Yarra railway station. The night the four first sang together in December 1962, Judith Durham recalled they earned 12 pounds, which they split between them.

Once d the home of Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe is a 7 acre property featuring extensive gardens, a motor house and even a clock tower. Coombe is at 673-675 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream in the Yarra Valley.

At the age of 22, Ronald Ryan, who would become one of Australia's most notorious criminals, married Dorothy Janet George at St Stephen's Anglican Church in Richmond on 4 February 1950. Ryan's life of crime came to an end after he and fellow prisoner Peter John Walker escaped from Pentridge Prison on 19th December 1965 and robbed the ANZ bank in North Rd (cnr Hawthorn Rd), Ormond, 4 days later. Within 3 weeks, Ryan was re-captured in the Sydney suburb of Concord. He was hanged in 'D' Division at Pentridge Prison at 8:00 am on Friday 3rd February 1967, being the last criminal to be hanged in Australia. Sir Daryl Lindsay - artist and Director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1942-1956, lived at "Mulberry Hill" in Langwarrin South.

Rubra, an iconic manion at 7 Watts Parade,Mount Eliza, was purchsed by Sir Laurence Hartnett, CBE, in 1936. Hartnett was an Australian automotive pioneer who, as the Managing Director of General Motors in Australia, was the driving force behind the Holden motor car. The home was built sometime between 1886-7 for Dr George Teague, a resident surgeon at Melbourne Hospital for many years.

Pioneer tv entertainer Graham Kennedy was born at 32 Camden Street, Balaclava to Cyril William Kennedy and Mary Austen Kennedy on 15th February 1934. When Kennedy was two years old, his parents moved to Carlisle Street, St Kilda, for two years. Kennedy was educated firstly at Euston College (which no longer exists) on the corner of Chapel and Carlisle Streets, secondly at Caulfield North Central School (now Caulfield Junior College) and finally at Melbourne High School, South Yarra. As a younth Kennedy Kennedy worked in his uncle's hairdressing shop at 475 Collins Street,South Yarra. During the 1950s and 60s he lived in his own home at Olivers Hill, Frankston.

7 Toorak Avenue, Toorak was the home of Essendon Football Club coach, James Hird. The classical home, named Swinford, was owned by his wife, Tania. Comedian Dave Hughes lived at 'Farheham', 49 Robe Street, St Kilda. The house has been a famous address within Melbourne's arts and bohemian community for many decades. Sydney Swans'AFL player Lance Franklin until recently lived at 55 Hodder Street, Brighton East.

The humble two bedder at 3491 Maintongoon Road, Bonnie Doon is sacred in Australian pop culture as this was the getaway home of the Kerrigan family in the much-loved Australian movie, The Castle. It sold recently for a bargain $240,000.

323 St Kilda Street, Brighton served as accommodation for the 2015 series MasterChef tv show contestants. The sprawling beachside property, designed by architect Peter Carmichael, has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a cellar, crescent-shaped swimming pool and, appropriately, a gourmet kitchen.

Flight Centre founder and former Hawthorn Football Club chairman Geoff Harris lived at 69 St Vincent Place, Albert Park.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, AC, DBE - philanthropist and mother of international media magnate Rupert Murdoch, Lived at "Cruden Farm" in Langwarrin.

679 Orrong Rd, Toorak, was home to former Prime Minister John McEwen about 60 years ago

Toorak has long had the reputation of being Melbourne's most elite suburb, with the name linked to wealth and privilege. Well known residents include Essendon coach James Hird, AFL identity Eddie McGuire and Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gina Liano. Over the years, other residents have included former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski, businessman Michael Gudinski, former Melbourne Lord Mayor Ron Walker, former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu and former prime ministers John McEwen (679 Orrong Rd, Toorak), Harold Holt (St George's Road, Toorak) and Malcolm Fraser(Norla, Irving Road Toorak). Former Essendon Football Club chairman and property developer Paul Little and his wife Jane Hansen bought Coonac, the largest private land holding in Toorak, in 2002 for a then-record of about $16 million. Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox owns Eulinya, a heritage estate, which has changed the hands of elite families through the decades. Built in 1925, and understood to be owned by Fox since the 1970s. Hotel tycoon David Deague, the head of the Art Series Hotels group owns real estate in St Georges Road - considered one of Toorak's finest streets - and in Walsh Street, close to the Botanic Gardens, in nearby South Yarra.


Chadstone Shopping Centre developer John Gandel owns three parcels of plum real estate in Toorak, including Bedford in Albany Road, which is known for its high-powered residents and large manors. Property mogul Harry Stamoulis' St Georges Road mansion was Australia's largest single residential project and is rumoured to have cost $70 million. The massive manor has a ballroom modelled on New York's Plaza Hotel.

This wealthy, middle class suburb of Camberwell counts Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush among its own. In fact, the Oscar-winning actor who became a household name with 1996's Shine is so passionate about the suburb he has called home for many years, he took to the streets to defend it. In 2004, Rush and fellow internationally renowned thespian, entertainer Barry Humphries, joined thousands of others in successful opposition to a redevelopment of Camberwell Station. London-based Humphries grew up in Camberwell and visits the suburb regularly. Camberwell is also home to former AFL player Garry Lyon and the Minogue sisters.

32 Middle Crescent, Brighton

Brighton is another suburb associated with wealth and privilege. It boasts beautiful beach front living along its famed golden mile and a millionaire lifestyle to boot. Stars calling it home include Eric Bana, former AFL player Shane Crawford and cricketer Shane Warne. Among the many Brighton properties Warne has owned was a William Street mansion, which he shared with Elizabeth Hurley, and sold for over $10 million. The couple also bought the 13 bedroom Donnington Hall, near Ledbury, England, which is set on 21 acres of woodland. 32 Middle Crescent, Brighton, built in 1880, is where he lived with his former wife Simone Callaghan. He has also owned a Mediterranean-style villa in Kinane Street, Brighton. Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin Franklin used to live at 55 Hodder Street, Brighton East. Kangaroos footballer and former St Kilda star, Nick Dal Santo, owns a classic brick, family-sized property in Brighton East. Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting and his wife Rianna own a 1920s Edwardian one of the suburb's plum streets, only metres from the waterfront.

Hamish Blake's home in Richmond

Others in the public eye who prefer the hubbub of inner city living include AFL Sam Newman at the Docklands. Comedian and radio host Hamish Blake and author/skincare entrepreneur Zoe Foster Blake paid a cool $4.25 million for their home - the most expensive house ever sold in Richmond - at 79a Rowena Parade, Richmond. Their modern home has been featured in many design publications and tv show Grand Designs. They previously had lived in a terrace on Gore Street, Fitzroy. Another radio comedian, Mick Molloy, has digs in East Melbourne. Actor Guy Pearce lives in Elwood.

Actress Rachel Griffiths and husband, artist Andrew Taylor live in a lovely but humble home near the beach in St Kilda. The Cruel Sea frontman and legendary singer-songwriter Tex Perkins owns a waterfront apartment at St Kilda. The 'From St Kilda to Kings Cross' singer Paul Kelly owns a period property in St Kilda, in a little street running off the Nepean Highway. Fashion designer Alannah Hill also favours St Kilda, and in recent years has offered her stylish $1.9 million terrace as a furnished rental. Ten chef Iain Hewitson, the presenter of Huey's Kitchen has lived in St Kilda for over 20 years, following stints in Echuca, Bendigo and his native New Zealand.

The influential film and theatre couple Hollywood A-lister Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton have a low-key home in Prahran, which they have owned since 2006. They also own an historic English manor in East Sussex. The long-time Channel Nine weather girl Livinia Nixon recently sold her impeccably renovated terrace in Middle Park for $2.35 million. Naomi Milgrom, the chair of the Sussan Group, which owns fashion brands Sportsgirl and Sussan (and which almost every Aussie woman has hanging in her wardrobe), is custodian of the 125 year-old former Danish Club in Middle Park. Vue de Monde chef Shannon Bennett and actor Madeleine West - the culinary whiz and ex-Neighbours star - own a landmark South Yarra mansion.

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