You can Tell this house has history

By Riverine Herald

CAMPASPE Shire Council has renamed 51 Murray Esplanade, formerly Wistaria, Telley House after John Samuel and Harriett Telley and family who owned and occupied the building for almost 60 years.

Acting chief executive Fleur Cousins said the history of the site dated back to the mid-1800s where huts occupied the area before the land was surveyed and subdivided about forty years later.

“Council has been working closely with the Echuca Historical Society on researching the history of the area and identifying a name for the building,” Ms Cousins said.

Telley House was built in 1894 by blacksmith John Alexander Brown and later sold to John Telley and wife Harriett in 1917.

John and Harriett raised their five children in the cottage and used the High St frontage as a holding paddock for his horses.

Following John’s death in 1971, Telley House was inherited by his three single daughters Ida, Rose and Daisy Telley, who later sold the property in 1975 to the then City of Echuca who conducted extensive renovations to preserve the building.

“Telley House aligns with the Port Precinct Plan – A destination celebrating living with nature and history,” Ms Cousins said.

Name plates for the building are being designed.

Following the recent adoption of a revised commercial property leasing policy, Telley House will shortly be available to lease via an expression of interest process, for a long-term lease through to April 2027.

Enquiries should be directed through Charles L King First National Real Estate.