A new book tells the story of Ranelagh, an exclusive Mornington Peninsula estate designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1924.


Ranelagh Estate, within Mount Eliza in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is an early 20th-century subdivision designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in association with Saxil Tuxen. Listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and classified by the National Trust of Australia, Ranelagh Estate today remains an outstanding example of the Griffins’ progressive environmental and philosophical ideals.

Ranelagh – A Special Place tells the story of this seaside holiday destination, close to Melbourne and often described as ‘the birthplace of Australian modernist architecture’. The history of the Estate has been compiled by three local women, Meg Breidahl, Diane Dick and Victoria Grounds. All three live or have lived in Ranelagh (and one is a graduate of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, back in the days when Brian and Hilary Lewis ruled).

This 200-page history is illustrated with early photographs and documents, maps and walking trails, and comprehensive descriptions of historical events. It also includes stories of colourful people who lived, built houses and passed through here – including the Griffins themselves.

Ranelagh – A Special Place is available for $45 plus $15 postage within Australia. To purchase a copy, follow this link.