DRAW FROM WEG’S LEGACY
A HEATHMONT house heritage listed for being the “home and study” of late legendary Herald cartoonist
has hit the market. The four-bedroom house at 1 Aringa Court was built for Green, aka WEG, in 1963 and he lived there until his death in 2008.
A Victorian Heritage Database document describes the house as historically and socially significant as “the place where (WEG) lived for half his career, and where he produced his iconic annual AFL Grand Final posters from 1987”.
WEG created a poster every year from 1954 for The Herald and later Herald Sun, with more than $2 million in sales going to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
He was the newspaper’s cartoonist for 40 years until his retirement in 1986 and also illustrated several of
cricket books, with the heritage statement describing his work as “a defining part of Victorian life and culture”.
The WEG house, set on a substantial 2651sq m block, is scheduled for auction on June 2 with a $1.6-$1.76 million price guide.
It’s also considered architecturally important for being designed by Chancellor & Patrick, a well-known Melbourne firm in the 1950s and ’60s.
Barry Plant Heathmont director Louise Carrigg said the house had belonged to two owners since WEG (right) — a developer who almost My own home and I am lucky enough to have a coastal home, too. The green parks and the schools. knocked it down, and the current owners who had restored it to its former glory.
She said the demolition was prevented by neighbours who recognised the home’s value to the community, leading to it obtaining local heritage overlay.
CoreLogic records show the developer sold the property in 2013 for $710,000.
The current owners were modernist architecture enthusiasts who had brought the pad back to life from a “rundown” state, Ms Carrigg said.
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