This history will be added to as we find out more about Cliftoria.
10 May 1858 Daniel Kennedy purchased the large block of land on Clifford Street, Goulburn, from John Hadwick for £15. Daniel Kennedy then built the house on that block and it was named by him as Cliftoria.
1869 Daniel Kennedy paid £1/10/- rates on a house with 11 rooms, outbuildings, and garden on Clifford Street. Therefore Cliftoria was built sometime between 1858 and 1868. For further rate payment details see the blog post at Cliftoria rate details
05 April 1880 Map of the town of Goulburn in the County of Argyle shows D. Kennedy owning blocks 9 and 10 in Section 15 in the corner of Clifford and Faithful Streets.
1882 Drawn as part of the illustrated town map of Goulburn as part of the colony of New South Wales Cliftoria in 1882
1882 The Goulburn and District Directory for 1882-83 page 39, Kennedy, E.H.; Kennedy, D. senr.; Kennedy, D. junr.; Kennedy, Thos. C.; all listed as plasterers at Clifford Street, Goulburn.
1888 Drawn as part of the illustrated town map of Goulburn as part of the colony of New South Wales Cliftoria in 1888
1890 Daniel Kennedy owned two blocks on Clifford Street of 94 feet (empty) and 123 feet (home) according to the Goulburn rates books.
1900 Mrs Kennedy paid rates on the 217 feet
1906 Estate of Mrs Kennedy paid rates on 217 feet while Miss Alice Kennedy occupied the home
July 1913 Cliftoria opened as Nurse Clara Mulholland’s Private Hospital. More details about being a hospital is available on the 09 November 2017 blog post “Cliftoria as a hospital”. https://cliftoria.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/cliftoria-as-a-hospital/
July 1915 Cliftoria ceased operating as Nurse Mulholland’s Private Hospital and all furnishings and surgery equipment were sold.
05 October 1915 Boarding House run by E. Swift
23 October 1915 Vacancies for First class Board and Residence at “Cliftoria” Clifford Street
11 November 1916 Private Clarence E. Swift 24 years old of Cliftoria boards the HMAT Suevic at Sydney for WWI (mother Ellen Swift) He does return from the war.
23 November 1916 To let or for sale, “Cliftoria” Clifford street, Large house suitable for good boarding house, C.E. Gilling, Clifford street
24 November 1916 Furniture Sale Friday, Nov. 24th, 2:30 p.m. O. H. FURNER AND COMPANY Have received instructions from the Misses Swift to sell by auction, At their Residence, “Cliftoria,” Clifford-street, On the Above date The whole furnishings of Dining room, 5 Bedrooms, etc., Oak Sideboard, Bedsteads,Mattresses, Wardrobes, Dressing Tables, Cane Chairs and Settees, Washstands and Ware, Linoleums and Sundries. 1 Lawn Mower, 1 Carpenter’s Bench. As the Misses Swift are relinquishing housekeeping everything must be sold.
25 October 1917 Wanted Refined girl, Housemaid Waitress, “Cliftoria” Clifford Street
08 January 1918 Working as a Boarding House again with advertisements for board and residence with vacancies for 3 gentlemen
01 August 1918 For sale one pram in good order. Apply Mrs J. Roffe, Cliftoria, Clifford St.
15 October 1918 Vacancies for two gentleman boarders. Cliftoria Clifford Street
28 December 1922 To let. Two unfurnished rooms and kitchen. Use of all conveniences. Apply 128 Clifford Street p 3. Goulburn Evening Penny Post
15 February 1923 Funeral. The Relatives and Friends of Miss S. J. McCallum, of 128 Clifford Street are kindly invited to attend the funeral of her late beloved nephew, Harvey Alexander McCallum, to leave Craig’s Private Mortuary Chapel, Goldsmith street, to-morrow (Friday) morning, at 10 o’clock, for Presbyterian Portion General Cemetery. p 3. Goulburn Evening Penny Post
26 April 1923 Furnished and unfurnished rooms to let. Cliftoria 128 Clifford St
09 August 1923 For sale Three Fuel stoves in first class order equal as new, one No 3. Metters, and two No 7. Metters. Inspection 128 Clifford Street. For sale Quantity of furniture first class order, also six new bedsteads and bedding. Apply 128 Clifford Street. p 3. Goulburn Evening Penny Post
17 June 1924 On Account Owner: Property known as “Cliftoria”, Clifford Street, land 88×165, weekly rental £3 10/ p 4. Goulburn Evening Penny Post
22 September 1925 Cliftoria Flats, To Let, 5 Flats, all large airy rooms, all absolutely separate and self contained with all conveniences. The above flats are only just completed and will be ready for occupation on the 21 September 1925. Apply Betts and Son
26 September 1925 Cliftoria had been converted into 5 flats. To let 5 flats. All large airy rooms. Absolutely separate and self-contained with all conveniences. Apply Betts and Son
03 October 1925 To let 3 flats. Apply Betts and Son
25 March 1926 For auction the estate of Mrs A.E. Jones, late of Cliftoria Flats. New Oak Dining room Suite, comprising 6 chairs and Round Table, Oak Couch, Small Oak table, Rexonola and Records, 2 Sea-grass Chairs, 3 Cushions, 2 Single iron Beds and Bedding. Quilts, Chest of Drawers, New Lino (3 rooms and hall), kitchen Dresser, glass doors, Kitchen Table and 2 Chairs,Crockery; Glassware and all Kitchen Utensils. 2 tin trunks, other sundries too numerous to mention. The above must be sold to wind up the Estate. H. L. BROADHEAD, Auctioneer, Goulburn
c. 1928 Postcard of Cliftoria. https://cliftoria.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/pretty-as-a-postcard/
01 May 1928 Cliftoria is shown in the May edition of The Home. https://cliftoria.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/cliftoria-in-1928/
08 May 1928 Chief Secretary’s Department, Sydney, 8th May, 1928. HIS Excellency the Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has appointed the undermentioned persons to the Commission of the Peace for the State of New South Wales …… Little, Leslie John, No. 2 Cliftoria Flats, Clifford-street, Goulburn; ……
1930 Barrister at law, Selwyn Frederick Betts, paid the rates for Cliftoria as a block of flats.
08 June 1936 Mrs Tom McDonald of Cliftoria Flats is a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
1941 Peter S. Betts paid the rates for Cliftoria as a block of flats.
04 May 1943 Mrs E. Stidwell of 128 Clifford Street, was admitted to the Goulburn District Hospital yesterday. p 3. Goulburn Evening Post
02 July 1947 A surprise party of about 19 gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. Nesbitt, of 128 Clifford Street, to celebrate the birthday of their only daughter; Wilbur. Games and musical items were enjoyed, and the party was kept moving by Mr. Alf. Stone, who was M.C. and Quiz Master for the occasion. Miss Shirley Hill and Miss Clare Woodhouse were heard in solo numbers. A dainty supper, with a special birthday cake, was served. p 2. Goulburn Evening Post
30 January 1948 A housing Commission ballot for 40 two bedroom flats in Sydney had one winner being F.L. Well, 128 Clifford Street, Goulburn. p 4. Sydney Morning Herald.
10 February 1948 Goulburn Ex-serviceman Mr K.J. Collins of 128 Clifford Street drew a soldier settlement block on the Currandooley Estate, near Bungendore. p 1. Goulburn Evening Post
16 December 1949 A housing commission ballot for Goulburn houses was held in the Town Hall yesterday afternoon. One of the winners for a three bedroom house in the non-services category was L.K. Austin from 128 Clifford Street. p 5. Goulburn Evening Post
25 May 1950 Take notice that I, Neil Abbott Newton, formerly of 128 Clifford Street but now of 62 Clifford Street, Goulburn served as Articled Clerk to Walter Preston Baker of Goulburn Solicitors intend to apply on the 9th of June 1950 to be admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court NSW p 17. The Sydney Morning Herald
24 July 1953 Mrs. R. Collins, of 128 Clifford Street, is a patient in St. John of God Hospital. p 1. Goulburn Evening Post
September 1960 An architectural survey of Goulburn and District, New South Wales, By Donald Coleman included three photographs of Cliftoria and some writing. https://cliftoria.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/cliftoria-was-in-a-review/
1960s Some sort of concrete coating was applied to the outside of Clifftoria
09 March 1991 Restoration of the exterior of Cliftoria and painting to its current colours. Cliftoria is still five flats.
1995 Work done on updating and repairing the dormer windows
11 July 2002 Sold at auction
2007 Wind damage to front balcony repaired
February 2011 Advertisement 1/128 Clifford Street for rent
April 2011 Advertisement 4/128 Clifford Street for rent
May 2013 Advertisement 1/128 Clifford Street for rent
2013 Work was done to convert the 5 flats back into one building. The aim of the owner was to turn Cliftoria into an art gallery with accommodation but the work was not completed when the building was put up for sale due to financial issues.
10 August 2013 Sold to us