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Warra residency

In February 2011 Scott moved to Wangaratta in Victoria to take up residency in 'Warra' the family home of the artist June Tupicoff.

Warra entrance
Front entrance gate

About the home

‘Warra’ which was built in 1908 for Henry Murdoch a local clerk of courts/solicitor is classified by the National Trust as a Federation-Edwardian home in the Domestic Queen Anne Style.

The solid red brick home sits on a generous 2,165m2 site in Wangaratta’s central Murdoch Road central residential area which is a prized location being just a short walk from the City’s C.B.D.

‘Warra’ is in original condition and retains all of the fine architectural and decorative features of the period including multiple leadlight windows, arched bay windows, 3.5-3.7 metre (11 foot) ceilings, heavy panel doors, pressed metal and pine ceiling linings, built-in cabinets, bookshelves, clawfoot bath, ‘medieval style’ timber staircase to the attic and multiple open fireplaces. Two gas space heaters, an instantaneous gas hot water system, and electric lights seem somewhat incongruous where everything is of another era.

The site of ‘Warra’ was first given title in 1855 when the land ran down to the King River frontage as an eleven acre holding. The history of the property together with the character of the home and its unique features has always attracted wide interest.

Carved timber fireplace by Robert Prenzel
Carved fireplace surround by Robert Prenzel

A unique feature of historic ‘Warra” is the carved timber fireplace surround and mantel by Robert Prenzel, arguably Australia’s most famous woodcarver (1866 – 1941). The carvings, in pristine condition feature a finely executed likeness of ‘Warra’ a local aboriginal leader. It is one of two carved surrounds in the home which also feature kookaburras, gumleaves and gumnuts in fine detail along with a carved ‘1908’, dating the work. The well known Manifold homestead ‘Purrumbete’ at Camperdown also houses Prenzel’s work.

See more photos of Warra on Facebook
Wangaratta Historical Society web site
State Library of Victoria Images of 'Warra'