Templestowe heritage ‘The Barn’, built by famous anthropologist Donald Thomson, for sale
Known simply as ‘The Barn’ to the Heritage Council of Victoria, an eye-catching and historically significant Templestowe site is set to turn heads on the market.
The barn and adjoining dairy at 29 Edwin Rd were built by renowned anthropologist Donald Thomson out of local materials in 1948.
Warrandyte sandstone, mud bricks, stone quarried on site, slate and recycled timber were used to build the property, which was used by Dr Thomson as a dairy farm that partially funded his extensive travels, most notably in Arnhem Land.
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The Victorian Heritage Database notes the site has “historical significance for their association with Dr. Donald Thomson, who designed and built them for his dairy farm, a business which provided financial support for his extensive travels and research in the field of anthropology.
“They are rare surviving evidence of farming activities in a now extensively developed suburban area. They evoke the post-war period of building materials shortage which necessitated the use of locally available materials and owner-building.”
The Templestowe property, which was transformed into a home in 1986 by Dr Thomson’s widow Dorita and their daughters, is listed with a price guide of $2-$2.2 million.
The daughters are now selling the property.
Fletchers Manningham director Jason Salan said the property would appeal to owner-occupiers and renovators seeking to extend the unique barn.
“I certainly think there’ll be a number of buyers that will buy the residence to live in as is,” Mr Salan said.
“It’s a very unique offering and I’d say you’ll find some artistic and eccentric types.”
Dr Thomson become well known when he investigated several deaths known as the Caledon Bay crisis, spending time living with and documenting the lives of the Yolngu people in northeastern Arnhem Land.
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