Cliftoria in 1928

I have discovered a picture of Cliftoria in an early magazine. The magazine was called The Home and was published quarterly. This picture was in the edition of 01st May 1928 being on page 28 of vol. 9 No. 5. The article was called “A portfolio of old colonial homes” and included several Goulburn buildings. The photographer was L. Hey Sharp. The page can be found on the internet at

Comparing the picture to a more recent one shows that the top columns were painted a darker colour than the rest of the building. So were the window sills and the thin bottom piece right at street level. Also no sign of shutters on the ground floor windows even though there are cutouts on the frames for their hinges.

The previous page was of the St. Claire house which they date to the 1820s, which puts context to the start of the sentence “A little later still in date,..”

The words.

“Enter Victorianism

A LITTLE later still in date, this piece of Street Architecture already bears traces of the incoming Victorianisms. Its upper and lower storeys do not connect happily, and its proportions and detail are losing the character of the earlier work. The two dormer windows projecting from the roof seem to suggest the Gothic revival, which happened in England about 1840.”

Cliftoria 1928



2 responses to “Cliftoria in 1928

  1. Since the photo is in b/w, are we even sure that this vibrant colour (of which I am so fond) is even a colour of Cliftoria’s history? Trying to say there’s a ‘gothic’ architectural interest is stretching a point, though. It’s a very pragmatic way of attending to light into the top rooms. And from the side view in the modern photo, the building looks more melded. Great find. Really good to know.

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