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An ed­wArdiAn mAn­sion re­lives its glory dAys vic­to­riA Napier Street, White Hills

It took a good pro­por­tion of Bendigo’s skilled trades­peo­ple to re­store Lan­g­ley Hall in 2010 af­ter it was bought by An­thony and Jenny Gurry. A build­ing of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance in the cen­tral Vic­to­rian city, it had seen bet­ter days, re­quir­ing 23 dif­fer­ent tradies work­ing tire­lessly for six months to bring it back to life.

The Mel­bourne cou­ple knew the stakes were high: the Ed­wardian man­sion had been de­signed by John Beebe and William Charles Vahland – the lat­ter a gold prospec­tor who would be­come the pre-em­i­nent ar­chi­tect across the Gold­fields – and built in 1903 for the first Angli­can Bishop of Bendigo, Henry Lan­g­ley, as part of an es­tate that in­cluded a brick manor and tim­ber chapel. In the decades that fol­lowed, the prop­erty in sub­ur­ban White Hills was used as a rest home for re­turned ser­vice­men, a the­o­log­i­cal train­ing col­lege, a home for young sin­gle moth­ers and a re­cep­tion cen­tre.

The Gur­rys, who’d moved back to Bendigo to spend more time with fam­ily, “in­stantly fell in love with Lan­g­ley” de­spite know­ing the work re­quired. “A lot of in­fras­truc­ture was up­graded such as the plumb­ing, water, wiring and ve­ran­das, and there was ex­ten­sive cos­metic work

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