12 Learmonth Street HAMILTON, Southern Grampians ShireGoogle Maps and Google Streetview
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Hospital Hill Precinct Hamliton
Level of Significance
Stage 2 study complete
SIGNIFICANCE: »Home of Reg Ansett when he established his transport empire.
STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE
Reg Ansett's House
12 Learmonth Street
This timber house has local significance as the home of Reginald (later Sir Reginald) Ansett (1909-1981), who played a major role in Hamilton's development as a regional centre by his establishment in the 1930s of a network of transport services based in the town. Ansett was also largely responsible for Hamilton becoming a major aviation centre. He arrived in Hamilton in 1931 and by 1936 the Ansett Motors and Airways company had been established, becoming a public company by 1937. ([i])
Ansett's associations with the Learmonth Street house (No 12) is confirmed by a Hamilton Sewerage Authority Drainage Plan dated 1 June 1938, when sewerage was connected to the property. ([ii]) The ordinariness of the house reflects Ansett's humble beginnings. The house is typical of this part of Hamilton and of the lower middle class at the time. It is significantly intact and is in good condition. it makes no special contribution to the streetscape being just one of several very similar houses. The garden complements the character of the house.
[i] Garden, Don, Hamilton, pp 208-213.
[ii] HSA DP No. 970 (dated 1 June 1938, for Mr R Ansett)
MATERIALS: NOTABLE FEATURES:»typical heavy porch, bracketed eaves INTEGRITY:E CONDITION:G ASSOCIATED HISTORIC THEMES
Roof: »corrugated iron
Windows: »timber dhs
Other: »rough cast brick verandah
Transport: Motors. Aviation
Evolution of the Town: 1920s & 1930s
NOTABLE FEATURES:»typical heavy porch, bracketed eaves
ASSOCIATED HISTORIC THEMES