Portable Iron Houses

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Portable Iron Houses

These three houses give an insight into life in Emerald Hill, now South Melbourne, during the gold rush years. These buildings are examples of early property development are some of the few prefabricated iron buildings remaining in the world.

For details of the Stories from the Iron Houses writing competition click here!
What We Offer

  • Education services
  • Filming/photography locations

1855:South Melbourne, comprised nearly 100 portable buildings, of which 399, Patterson House, still stands on its original site. Abercrombie House and Bellhouse House were moved to the current sites from North Melbourne and Fitzroy respectively.

Opening hours

First Sunday of the month (except January), from 1pm to 4pm. Group tours available by appointment.


399 Coventry Street
South Melbourne 3205 VIC


03 9656 9889

Entry fees

House TourĀ & garden entry NT members are free. Adult:$6.00, Concession/Child $4.00 Family:$14.00 (2 Adults + up to 2 Children)