‘Dunrobbin’ 52-54 Llandilo Ave, Strathfield

By Cathy Jones

‘Dunrobbin’ 52-54 Llandilo Avenue Strathfield was built in 1911 for Alexander Melville, an estate agent.  Approval to construct this house was approved at a meeting of Strathfield Council in June 1911.  The estimated value of the construction was £2,000.00.  The house was built on the corner of Cotswold Road and Llandilo Avenue (then known as Blanche Street).

Alexander Melville was a real estate agent with premises in the City.  He was first elected as an Alderman on Strathfield Council in 1925 and served until 1940.  He was elected Mayor in 1938-1939 and in 1939-1940.  He died in 1940 after a six week illness, leaving his wife Amy (d.1967) and son Donald and Melville Street, Melville Reserve are named for him.  A drinking fountain in Melville Reserve is dedicated to his memory.

In 1951, the house was purchased by the United Protestant Association of NSW as a home for children aged from birth to five years.  It was known as the “Babies Home”.  The home the ‘Adelaide Walker’ Children’s Home was named for the wife of Mr A E Walker, who donated £10,000 to purchase ‘Dunrobbin’ in May 1951.  The home opened on the 10 November 1951 on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of United Protestant Association (UPA).

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The home closed in 1980 and has since returned to private ownership.

References

Adelaide Walker Children’s Home, CLAN, viewed at https://clan.org.au/orphanages/adelaide-walker-childrens-home/

Department of Valuer-General, Valuation Lists, Municipality of Strathfield

Fox & Associates, Strathfield Heritage Study, 1986

Jones, C, ‘Alexander Melville’, Strathfield Heritage

OBITUARY (Alexander Melville). (1940, June 4). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved August 20, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17674617

The Methodist, Saturday 14 April 1951, page 4

Sands Sydney & Suburban Directory

Strathfield Council Building Register

Strathfield Council Valuation Lists