Shepparton's Alexander Miller Memorial Homes to be auctioned next month.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS February 14, 2014 4:55am
Stockdale and Leggo Shepparton managing director Scott Butler at the old Miller Homes on Wyndham St, Shepparton.
Shepparton’s historic Alexander Miller Memorial Homes will soon be up for auction.
The Alexander Miller Trust commissioned the Wyndham St buildings’ construction in 1919 to house the disadvantaged.
Alexander Miller was a retailer and philanthropist.
Originally from Scotland, Mr Miller worked as a draper in Geelong before expanding his business to regional towns, including Shepparton.
Part of Mr Miller’s estate was committed to building homes for the poor in Shepparton, Benalla, Numurkah and Euroa, among other towns, after his death in 1914.
Greater Shepparton City Council Heritage Advisory Committee chairman Bruce Wilson said the Alexander Miller Memorial Homes provided a lifeline for people in need.
‘‘I think it is fair to say that over the years, the Miller Homes, in Shepparton and in other Victorian towns, have fulfilled an important role in the provision of low-cost housing accommodation for people in need,’’ Mr Wilson said.
Sixteen cottages on the northern side of the allotment will be auctioned with a heritage overlay.
Agent Scott Butler said it meant buildings could not be pulled down, but ‘‘cosmetic rejuvenation’’ was allowed.
He said the southern block had four units without a heritage overlay and would suit commercial development.
Mr Wilson said the retention of some Miller Homes cottages with heritage overlay was a coup for the community.
‘‘The retention of some of the early Miller Homes will always be a reminder of the important role played by Alexander Miller and the contribution made by members of the community committee who administered the trust; a great contribution to the health and wellbeing of so many local people,’’ he said.
Mr Butler said the properties were zoned commercial one and the northern end would suit residential dwellings or professional suits.
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