Glen Huntly

The last property ever purchased by Glen Hollister was never used by him for its intended purpose, despite the terrific expense he went to in order to make it just as he desired. (He even paid a hefty bribe to get the road leading to it renamed from Hester Boulevard to Glen Huntly Road). This happened for two reasons: it was manifestly ill-suited to the purpose, and Hollister died after the purchase was finalised but before the hunting lodge he designed for himself could be completed in any case.

Thus it was that this slice he’d carved off Caulfield’s eastern flank, although it came to be named for him, was never actually used for hunting by Hollister. In retrospect, one has to wonder what he was thinking when he bought it. The area around it was surrounded by small townships that, thanks to the railroads that had recently been constructed in the area, were rapidly turning into suburbs now that reaching the young metropolis around them was so much easier. Aside from possums, rabbits and the occasional stray cat, there was nothing in the area worth hunting.

And yet the surviving photographs of Hollister’s hunting lodge, the Grange, which was completed and decorated according to the old man’s wishes by his sons, show an iconography more suited to the Yukon Territory than Victoria. None of the animals depicted in its assorted paintings and wood carvings was a native to Australia – indeed, only one of them (the fox) had even been introduced to the area. The bears, wolves, deer and moose that appeared in the pictures belonged to a snowy wilderness that was thousands of miles, both literally and conceptually, removed from the reality in which they sat.

The hunting lodge, which stood at what was then the T-intersection of Glen Huntly Road and Grange Road, was demolished to make wasy for an extension of the Elsternwick tram line into Carnegie and its remaining lands subdivided into residental dwellings. Today, aside from the curious kink of Grange Road either side of the point where it crosses Glen Huntly Road, no vestige of it remains.

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