Fryerstown weekender to John Landy, former cop shop races onto market
A Fryerstown home that was a long-time weekender for Olympian and former Governor of Victoria John Landy is getting a run on the market.
Landy is renowned for turning back to assist a fallen Ron Clarke during the 1956 Australian National Championships.
Both men resumed the one mile race, but Landy wowed the nation as he made up the lost time and won the event.
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He also became the second man in the world to run a four-minute mile, and was famously bested by Roger Bannister in the 1954 Commonwealth Games in what was referred to as “the miracle mile” and “race of the century”.
Alongside his wife Lynne, Landy applied his lesser known talent for renovating to update 5 Camp St, Fryerstown, which served as the goldfields town’s police station in the late 1800s.
Local historical records show Landy and his wife used the home as an escape from their busy Melbourne schedule for 20 years, before selling it in 2015 and relocating to Castlemaine.
Named Primrose Hill, it features a three-bedroom weatherboard house surrounded by landscaped gardens and its former stables have been converted to a self-sufficient cottage.
It’s now for sale with an $875,000 asking price via Waller Realty’s Nick Haslam, who described a further renovation by the current owners as the perfect blend of classic Victorian and modern needs.
“The current owners also added the pool and brought it up to the 21st century,” Mr Haslam said.
Polished concrete floors and an automatic watering system now join old-world features including wood-burning heaters, ornate fireplaces and Baltic pine floorboards.
Landy, who ran in the Australian Olympic team in Helsinki, 1952, and won a bronze medal at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, was the 26th Governor of Victoria from 2001-2006.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee’s major accolades include being named a Companion of the Order of Australia, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, an Australian Sports Medal, and a Centenary Medal.
Black and white photos show the Camp St property, which dates back to 1890, with mounted constabulary in front of it.
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The 4500sq m property is for sale via private treaty.