Renovating one of the city’s grand Victorian-era houses is often like peeling away the layers of an onion. Stripping away a century’s worth of accumulated paint, carpet and plaster can reveal hidden gems such as ornate period decorations or original timber floors.
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But this 130-year-old Camberwell mansion held a secret that’s definitely one out of the box.

”The ceiling and the walls had been wallpapered, and as the home was restored over the last seven years [the owners] uncovered frescoes painted by Dora Meeson,” Woodards agent Jason Hearn says.

Meeson (1869-1955), artist, suffragette and wife to painter George Coates, had created a series of family portraits to decorate what was then her uncle’s house.

This slice of rediscovered Australiana is now available for the taking, with the renovated 1885 mansion expected to fetch at least $4 million when it goes under the hammer on September 15.

The house, which is set on a 1741-square-metre block at 53 Prospect Hill Road, features five bedrooms, formal dining and sitting rooms, study and modern kitchen and meals area.

For those hoping to expand the property to include a tennis court or pool, the 781-square-metre vacant block next door (on its own title) will go to auction right afterwards with an asking price of more than $1 million.

”It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” Mr Hearn says.

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