Books about Federation Housing Architecture

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  • Which ONE BOOK should you buy about Federation Style in Australia? See below
  • Well, it had to happen some day, that most books on such Federation topics are now collectors’ items.
  • These are the books that will be most helpful.
  • Listed in Alphabetical order by Title
  • The link for each title is to the book record at the National Library of Australia

Australian Country Houses. Homesteads, Farmsteads and Rural Retreats

Clive and Ray JOYCE LUCAS
Binding: hardcover, Dust Jacket

Australian Country Houses. Homesteads, Farmsteads and Rural Retreats,
Covers buildings from Late Georgian to Late Victorian..

Publ. Lansdowne Press, 1987, Willoughby: , 1987.
Quarto, 127 pages with colour plates.
Lge 4to., 1st Ed.; pp.127. profusely ill. with splendid by Ray Joyce; fine in d/w,


Australian Houses of the Twenties & Thirties

Cuffley, Peter & Carney, Kevin

The Five Mile Press, Knoxfield, Victoria, 1997. Softcover.
Reprint. IV, 264 pages, indexed, bibliography, illustrated throughout with contemporary and period
photographs in colour, and black-and-white, and also with colour, and black-and-white advertisements and drawings. Colour illustrated paperback binding;
In this meticulously researched book the author examines the interwar houses in all their many manifestations — from the cosy Californian bungalow to the modern art deco house of the 1930s. Size: Square Quarto.
ISBN: 0867886676. ISBN/EAN: 9780867886672.


Australian House Styles ,

Maisy Stapleton and Ian Stapleton,

This book takes us on a journey through Australian architectural history, from the bark and split-slab cottages of the early colonial period to the sleek corrugated-steel pavilions of the twenty-first century. In between are country homesteads, city terraces, Federation villas, Californian bungalows and the austere fibro-clad cottages of the 1940s and 1950s. Sixty-three carefully-detailed drawings illustrate the characteristics of every style. The text and drawings combine authority and authenticity with sharp social comment and a wry sense of humour.
The Flannel Flower Press 1997,
ISBN 9791875253134, reprinting.


Australia’s Home: Its Origins, builders and Occupiers Boyd, Robin ISBN 0522843581 (pbk.)

Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1952. Hardcover.
This book, a study of the vernacular in domestic building in Australia, is concerned for the most part with the small houses which have taken up some two-thirds of the building capacity of the nation. Covers everything from 1788 to the date of publication. With b/w plates and many line drawings and plans. A beautifully illustrated and very thorough book.
Scarce, hardcover edition is becoming valuable.


Caring for Old Houses, New Edition

Evans, Ian, sketches by Michael McCowage
Publisher: Flannel Flower Press ISBN-13: 9781875253098
Binding: Paperback Year Published: 1998
A fresh look at old house restoration, using the latest ideas and techniques, this book won the publication section of the National Trust¹s prestigious Australian Heritage Award.

Written by Ian Evans and superbly illustrated with historic photographs, together with carefully detailed sketches by Michael McCowage, this ook is based on the popular series of articles published in newspapers throughout Australia. Packed with useful information and advice for everyone who owns an old house.

Some modern materials and practices, applied to frail old buildings, can cause serious damage to their fabric. New work on an old building should be carefully considered in order to preserve the original character and ensure that the value of the house is maintained and enhanced.

In a text that blends historical background, conservation philosophy and practical advice, Ian Evans provides authoritative information on old house maintenance and restoration.

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Decorating with Australian Federation Stained Glass

Author: Jillian Sawyer

First Published August 1994
ISBN13 9780958528221

Stained glass panels for feature windows, doors and door surrounds.
64 pages, 20 pages in full colour, over 57 designs (some in sets)
This book offers over 50 timeless stained glass patterns with clean, simple lines for creating window, door and door surround show pieces in your home. There are 20 pages of full color photographs of many of the completed works giving inspiration for glass and color selection. The motifs in many of these patterns enlarge or reduce to create perfect templates for quilting, embroidery, ceramics and applique.


Designing Australia ,

Readings in the History of Design

edited by Michael Bogle,
Pluto Press, Annandale NSW 2002

This book presents a selection of readings on the history of design in Australia during the 19th and 20th centuries. The writers include Australia’s foremost designers and academics from the disciplines of graphic arts, architecture, interior design, design education and history, textiles and costume, and industrial design.
ISBN 9781864831737,
papercover with flaps, scarce.

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Edwardian House Style:

An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book
by Hilary Hockman.

Intended for anyone who wants to restore original features in an Edwardian house, or simply to create the light gentility of that period in a modern home, this book looks at each room in turn, as well as the exterior and garden, in terms of how it was then and how antique and modern furniture, funishings and fittings can be used to recreate the setting. The book contains source material from contemporary catalogues, together with photographs of houses and finished rooms in Britain, Europe, North America and Australia. Major trends of the Edwardian period – including the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau and the Queen Anne Revival – are all featured, with the work of architects such as Lutyens and Rennie Mackintosh, gardeners such as Gertrude Jekyll, and design houses such as Liberty and Heals.

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Fine houses of Sydney .

Houses of historical importance,
authors: Robert Irving, John Kinstler, Max Dupain,

Sydney : Methuen Australia, 1982.
Dupain, Max, 1911-1992.
ISBN 0454002440
197 p. : ill. (some col.), plans, ports. ; 32 cm.Hardcover, 4to

(out of print, scarce)



Getting the Details Right: Restoring Australian houses 1890s-1920sDepartment of Planning ; [text Ian Evans]
Yeronga, Qld. : Flannel Flower Press, 1989
ISBN 1875253033 Paperback, 160 pages, 213 x 287mm

This book is the result of countless hours of fieldwork a tape measure and notebook, painstakingly measuring, recording and drawing some of the most important details of old Australian houses.

The result of a major research project, this book contains working drawings with all the necessary dimensions for fences, gates, doors, windows, chimneys, verandahs and garages for Australian houses built from the arrival of Art Nouveau to the hey-day of Art Deco. The text by Ian Evans provides a concise description of conservation and restoration techniques.

Working drawings with dimensions for constructing fences, gates, doors, windows, chimneys, verandahs & garages for houses of the late 19th & early 20th centuries.

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Haberfield – The Development of its Character,

by Vincent Crow, 1978,
Ashfield and District Historical Society

20 leaves, [4] leaves of plates ; 29cm.
Series: Ashfield scrapbook ; no. 4.
Subjects: Sydney. Haberfield, 1803-1975.
Haberfield (N.S.W.) — History.

ISBN 094984201X
Classified as a rare book(let)

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Haberfield: Tours of Haberfield : past and present

Crow, Vincent.
Published Haberfield, N.S.W. : V. Crow, 2002 – .
Physical Description* ❤ v.> : ill. (some col.) , facsims., maps, plan, ports. ; 30 cm.


  • Part 1. The Dobroyde Estate, the first Haberfield Estate, 1901
  • Part 2. The Haberfield Estate subdivisions 2, 2 and 5, 1903-12
  • Part 3. Haberfield Estate subdivision 3, 1905 [and] The Dobroyde Estate 1885 (2nd subdivision) and the Northcote Estate 1905.

Notes* Includes index.

  • Pagination is continuous.
  • Pt. 1. “This book is the first of a trilogy of tour notes covering all of Haberfield. It is a companion volume to my work Haberfield : distinctly Australian which was published in 1997. Whereas the earlier work gave an overall account of the history of the area now known as ‘Haberfield’, these tour notes examine individual buildings and sites” — p. iii.
  • Pt. 2. “This book is the second in a set of tour notes covering all of Haberfield. It is a companion volume to my work Haberfield : distinctly Australian which was published in 1997 and Tours of Haberfield : past and present, Part One published in 2002 … ” p. xii.
  • Pt. 3. “Deals with the area from Dalhousie to Wolseley/Cove Streets between Ramsay and Parramatta Road” — Author’s correspondence.
  • Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Language* English

  • ISBN* 0957835302 (pt. 1)
  • 9780957835313 (pt. 2)
  • 9780957835320 (pt. 3)
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Harold Desbrowe-Annear A Life in Architecture

(out of print, scarce)

Professor Harriet Edquist – academic and author of the acclaimed biography ‘Harold Desbrowe-Annear A Life in Architecture’ is the acknowledged authority on the life and work of Harild desbrowe-Annear.

Harold Desbrowe-Annear was one of the most innovative architects in Australia in the early twentieth century. Trained in the heady days of Melbourne’s 1880s land boom and imbued with the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, he was acclaimed by Robin Boyd as a pioneer of modernism.

Sydney : Methuen Australia, 1982.
197 p. : ill. (some col.), plans, ports. ; 32 cm.


How to Restore the Old Aussie House

Rev. and enlarged ed.
Mullumbimby, N.S.W. : Flannel Flower Press, 136 pages, 2008
By Ian Stapleton

Everyone who owns an old house or building needs How to Restore the Old Aussie House. This practical guide to restoration contains a wealth of useful information on understanding and maintaining old houses. How to Restore the Old Aussie House includes some 180 specially drawn illustrations, as well as specifications for a wide range of materials from lime mortar to doorknobs and colour schemes.

This new, updated and enlarged edition of one of Australia¹s most popular building conservation books is an indispensable part of the house restorer¹s toolkit, as important as paintbrush, hammer and nails.

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John Horbury Hunt, Radical Architect 1838 – 1904

by Peter Reynolds, Lesley Muir and Joy Hughes
Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales

One of Australia’s most eccentric and complex architects, Hunt radically challenged the conservative architectural establishment of late 19th century Australia. With contemporary and historical photographs and plans, this scholarly book will confirm Hunt’s place in history as an architect of enduring significance and originality.
**This book**, was published to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House celebrating the life and work of architect John Horbury Hunt.

It is the most comprehensive publication on the architect in the last 30 years and confirms Hunt’s place in history as an architect of enduring significance and originality. He arrived in Sydney in 1863 and for the next 40 years was renowned for the distinctive and radical architecture he introduced to the fledgling city and rural New South Wales.
ISBN:9780949753977 Publisher: Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
Publication Date: 10/2002

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Pioneers of modernism : the arts and crafts movement in Australia

by Edquist, Harriet
Between 1890 and 1930, a number of Australian architects and garden designers were heavily influenced by British and American Arts and Crafts movements. They brought to Australia new design forms that radically simplified architecture, garden layouts and suburban planning and, in doing so, foreshadowed the development of modernist design. Although well documented in both Britain and America, the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement in Australia has long been lost between the far better known Gothic and Classical revivals and the modernist movement and obscured by the chronological construction of ‘federation’ architecture

Here, architectural historian Harriet Edquist explores the work of four of Australia’s most radical and innovative Arts and Crafts architects, Walter Butler, Harold Desbrowe-Annear, Walter Liberty Vernon and Robin Dods and situates them in the historical context of the first decades of the twentieth century. The accompanying photographs and plans bring to life the simple lines of their design and illustrate why it is so deserving of further recognition.

Carlton, Vic. : Miegunyah Press/​Melbourne University Publishing, 2008.
xiv, 267 p. : col. ill. plans, facsims., ; 27 cm.
Very scarce, not in print, publisher is considering reprint (as of May 2012)

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Planting the Nation : Federation Gardens by Australian Garden History Society. Author Georgina Whitehead

Australian Garden History Society, Melbourne, 2001, hard cover with dust jacket.
ISBN 9781876473440
Planting the Nation explores Australia’s landscapes and gardens between 1890 and 1914 offering perspectives on garden design, horticultural developments, city planning, architecture and social history during this remarkable period.

Published by the AGHS to mark the centenary of Federation, this beautifully illustrated collection of essays is an important contribution to garden history that will be enjoyed by all who appreciate our nation’s landscape heritage.

JOHN RICKARD Planting the Nation: The Federal Era 1890 – 1914
SUZANNE HUNT Where the Sweet Australian Peas Bloomed: State School Gardens in Victoria
OLINE RICHARDS Public Parks and Recreation Reserves in Western Austalia; The Federation Years
NINA CRONE Symbols of a New Nation: Australia’s Flora in the Decorative Arts
SUSAN REIDY Something for Everyone: How Sport & Recreation Bowled into the Australian Garden
HARRIET EDQUIST Arts & Crats Gardens in Melbourne & their legacy
DAVID JONES Grottoes, Rockeries & Ferneries: The Creations of Charles Robinette
JEANNIE SIM A Golden Age of Gardening in the Subtropics
ROBERT FREESTONE Imagineering the City Beautiful: Parks, Gardens, and Town Planning Thought


Sweetness and light : the Queen Anne movement, 1860-1900 / Mark Girouard

Author Girouard, Mark, 1931-
The author charts the origins and progress of the style, known inaccurately as “Queen Anne” from its birth in the 1860’s to its fall from grace in the 1890’s. He also throws light on an important segment of English life in the last decades of the 19th century.

An interesting survey of Victorian interpretation, elaboration and variation on “Queen Anne” style, which gained enormous currency in architecture, children’s book illustration (Greenaway and her emulators), and other decorative arts.
Description Oxford [Eng.] : Clarendon Press, 1977.
xvi, 250 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
ISBN 019817330X :
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects Architecture, Queen Anne. | Eclecticism in architecture. | Architecture, Modern – 19th century.


The Federation House ,

Australia’s Own Style, by H Fraser and R Joyce,

Federation style housing is a unique and fascinating period of Australia’s architectural history. Although the Federation house borrowed styles from many countries and eras, from English Queen Anne to Art Nouveau, it had a distinctive nationalistic flavour – God Save the Queen and Advance Australia Fair at the same time. This book is more than a mere series of pictures and descriptions. It gives advice to owners and would-be owners of Federation houses on how to restore them to their original glory, tips on specialised maintenance, and the names of experts who have the skills that may be needed.

Landsdowne Press, Sydney, 1986, (Out of Print)


The Federation House ,

A Restoration Guide, Ian Evans,
Winner National Trust Heritage Award,


This book blends the story of these remarkable buildings with a wealth of information on their restoration and conservation. Shrewd practical advice on restoration techniques from Australia’s best-known writer on old houses, together with a comprehensive directory of suppliers which lists all of the services and materials necessary, combine to form an essential guide for every owner of a Federation-style house
9791875253141, The Flannel Flower Press,

Mullumbimby NSW 2004, $39.95

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The History and Design of the Australian House

By Robert Irving (Edited by)
Format: Hardback, 324 pages
Ilustrations (some colour)
Published In: Australia, 24 May 1985

This impressive array of contributions from leading figures in Australian architecture, landscape design, building preservation and renovation gives an authoritative account of the Australian house in all its forms and fashions. The full range of home building types is examined int ext, modern and historic photographs, analytical drawings, site plans, floor plans, and section drawings.
Publisher: OUP Australia and New Zealand
ISBN: 0195544358
EAN: 9780195544350
Dimensions: 30.0 x 23.0 x 3.0 centimeters (1.79 kg)


The Queensland House: History and Conservation

Evans, Ian / National Trust of Queensland
Publisher: Flannel Flower Press

ISBN-13: 9781875253173
Binding: Paperback
Year Published: 2001

The fascinating & intriguing history of the traditional timber buildings of Queensland is combined with a comprehensive guide to the conservation of timber houses.


Towards the Dawn .

Federation Architecture in Australia 1890-1915,
by Trevor Howells and Michael Nicholson,

Federation architecture is often proudly referred to as our ‘national style’. As Australia moved towards Federation and formal separation from the ‘Mother Country’, local architects looked with new eyes at the landscape around them. Native flora and fauna became popular decorative motifs in domestic architecture and wide verandahs were introduced to cool houses in the Australian heat

9780868064785, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney 1993 (Out of Print)


Visions of a Republic ,

the Work of Lucien Henry, Paris, Noumea, Sydney,
edited by Ann Stephen,

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of a republic: the work of Lucien Henry at the Powerhouse Museum 4 April-14 October 2001 as part of the centenary of Federation.

Powerhouse Publishing Sydney 2001
ISBN 9781863170789,
papercover and hardcover, scarce.


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