War Services Homes Precinct, Belfield, 1921 Heritage Panel
War Services Homes Precinct, Belfield, 1921
Cnr Bazentin and Boronia Streets, Belfield Unveiled by Councillor Kayee Griffin, Mayor of Canterbury on 24th February 1996.
To assist servicemen returning from World War 1, the War Service Homes Scheme was introduced as an important part of the repatriation measures. These Belfield houses were amongst the earliest War Service Homes erected anywhere in Australia. In 1920, the war Service Homes erected anywhere in Australia. In 1920, the War Service Homes Commission acquired many acres of land which has been subdivided as the Great Central Railway Estate, and built houses which were occupied early in 1922. The different house styles to be found on the estate are early bungalow style, considered at the time to be an ideal type of workers accommodation. The distinctive features include rough-cast walls, verandah posts with lattice decoration, six-paned windows, low pitched roof, and timber gable with wooden decoration.. In War Service Homes Commision developements, the streets were often named after war themes, such as sites of battles, training camps, etc. For example, the street originally called Wattle Street was renamed Bazentin after a village near Pozieres on the Somme Battlefield in France. Because of their architectural affinity and historical context, the precinct is one of Cantebury's most interesting heritage assests.
Prepared by Canterbury City Library Research for this panel by Lesley Muir and Brian Madden