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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thuruna, 60 Clow Street, Dandenong, undated.

Hidden in the middle of the former R.S.L. aged housing area on Clow Street, Thuruna was originally built in about 1904/05, and was the home of William Peter Cadle.

William Peter Cadle was a descendent of Joseph Cadle. Joseph Cadle and his family had operated wind and steam mills in Little Brighton prior to moving to Dandenong in the 1860s. They purchased a flour mill in Langhorne Street from William Monger, a builder who had constructed the mill in the early 1850s. The business was managed by the Cadle family until 1918, when William Peter Cadle retired. Cadle Bros. remained the registered name for the business until 1958.

William Peter Cadle purchased the land at the corner of Clow and Foster Streets in 1903 and proceeded to have this house built, calling it Thuruna. He personally supervised its injury. The original garden at Thuruna was large with lawns and flower beds, shrubs and large trees. The gravel drives curved in from double gates on Clow and Foster Streets and continued along the sides of the house and between the lawns to the front paddock.

When William P Cadle retired from his business in 1918, he frontages to Clow Street and Walker Street. It was about this time that he subdivided the land and put Ruddock Street through the property. The subdivision date is not recorded but the contract for the sale of one of the first blocks dates November 1920.

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