30 October 1916: Subdivision LP7493 surveyed and approved by Shire of Lillydale on 31 December 1916, this land becomes part of lot 24.
24 February 1917: Part Crown Allotment 23A2 owned by John Edmond Taylor and Australias Sharp
27 February 1924: Transferred from Taylor and Sharp to Emily Rosa Whisson (vol 4820 fol 963824)
7 September 1928: Caveat 77119 lodged, possibly giving Walling an interest in the land
1933: lot 10 created with subdivision LP13762 from existing lot 24 (LP7493)
16 October 1935: EW shown as owner of lot 10 on Certificate of Title vol 6009 fol 1201619
17 May 1943 Certificate of Title issued showing Lot 10 transferred by Edna Walling to Agnes Margaret McGeoch of Repatriation Hospital, Bundoora, nursing sister [vol 6009 fol 1201619; vol 6622 fol 1324232]
31 January 1965 Agnes McGeogh dies [vol 6622 fol 1324232]
In the 1930's, such a person, Miss McGeogh, a single lady of Scottish ancestry and nursing sister at Heidleberg Repatriation Hospital purchased the land which is now 5 Bickleigh Vale Road. An agreement was negotiated with Edna Walling which allowed for the construction of a Scottish crofter's cottage. So "The Sheilan" (Scottish for Resting Place) was built with the small cottage at the front gate already being on the title. Edna Walling had the overarching say in the construction of the cottage and was involved in the building of the two stone chimneys and garden landscaping..."
Majestic stonework features in the home, with fireplace stones hand-picked by Edna herself that showcase ancient fossils carrying their own story.
"...Nestled in an acre of mature gardens, the property has a.combination of mature exotic and indigenous trees, shrubs, perennials and ground cover plants. The small front garden is quite formal with plantings of azaleas, roses, Edna Walling crab apples, camellias, spirea, bamboo, liquidambers, yellow jasmine, weigella and Japanese maples. In contrast, the extensive, predominantly green shaded back garden consists of hidden steps and winding paths which lead from one garden room to the next. The back patio overlooks a natural swimming pool and waterfall built in Edna Walling style. The current owners, Peter and Lois Dolphin have been here for seventeen years."
Photo gallery, September 2016:
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