Cliftoria – A building’s life story

This history will be added to as we find out more about Cliftoria.

Built sometime between 1842 and the 1870s as a large family home by Daniel Kennedy and named by him as Cliftoria

1878     Daniel Kennedy paid rates on a fenced lot in the middle of section 15 and did not pay rates on any Clifford Street property. This suggests that Cliftoria was built sometime between now and when it is shown on the map in 1882.

1882     Drawn as part of the illustrated town map of Goulburn as part of the colony of New South Wales

1888     Drawn as part of the illustrated town map of Goulburn as part of the colony of New South Wales

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”.

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

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 by C.E. Gilling

24 November 1916    Furniture sale by auction by the Misses Swift as they are relinquishing housekeeping and everything must be sold.

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.

17 June 1924                To let Cliftoria

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 Batts and Son

03 October 1925        To let 3 flats. Apply Batts and Son

25 March 1926            For auction the estate of Mrs AE Jones, late of Cliftoria Flats.

c. 1928                         Postcard of Cliftoria.

01 May 1928                Cliftoria is shown in the May edition of The Home

08 June 1936               Mrs Tom McDonald of Cliftoria Flats is a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

September 1960       An architectural survey of Goulburn and District, New South Wales,  By Donald Coleman included three photographs of Cliftoria and some writing.            

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


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