44 John Street Lilydale

Gun Alley Stories

For just on 60 years after the Olinda subdivision, 44 John Street remained empty and was rented by various people, particularly the Briers family.

However, when Percival Peak and his partner Reginald (Tom) Davies were looking for a new base for their trucking operation, the site was perfect.

Lots 1 and 2 44 John Street were acquired in 1944 and the first new home erected in John Street since 1915, was built in 1948.

The property was already fenced so everyone assumed there were only 2 lots. However, there was another lot – Lot 3 which faced Hutchinson Street and ran behind Lots 1 and 2.

As the Davies family had kept the property fenced throughout the years Reginald claimed the land by Adverse Possession in 1990 and consolidated the three lot property into one Torrens title.

Today, the family have owned the site for almost 70 years

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104
Email: [email protected]

Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House at 61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Hours of opening:
By appointment only:
Fridays 1 to 4pm and Saturdays to Mondays 11am to 4pm.
Sundays are preferred.
Closed Public Holidays

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Email us your info (and images) to:
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Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104
Email: [email protected]

Share Your Information with the Society!

Email us your info (and images) to:
[email protected]

Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House @
61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Hours of opening:
By appointment only:
Fridays 1 to 4pm and Saturdays to Mondays 11am to 4pm.
Sundays are preferred.
Closed Public Holidays