Telley House named after residents of sixty years

10 May 2019 - Media release 

Campaspe Shire Council has named 51 Murray Esplanade ‘Telley House’ after John Samuel and Harriett Telley and family who owned and occupied the building for almost sixty years.

Acting CEO Fleur Cousins said the history of the site dates back to the mid-1800s where huts occupied the area before the land was surveyed and subdivided some 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.

More commonly known to locals as ‘Wistaria’, 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 Street frontage as a holding paddock for his horses.

Following John’s passing 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 currently 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 to lease should be directed through agents, Charles L King First National Real Estate.