150 Years of History & Mystery
Surely one of the regions Grandest residents, "Kia Ora" stands proudly overlooking what was once the beating heart of historical Alburys business district and centre for regional commerce. Originally commissioned by the Bank of NSW in 1856 and built for the princely sum of £3,673, The building was designed by Colonial Architect Edward T Blacket who's other works include the university of Sydney, several cathedrals & of course Albury's own St Matthews.
Hewn from solid Granite quarried locally this grand monument to days gone by has stood the test of time and stands today as a testimony to the expert craftmanship of a bygone era.
Bathed in history and intrigue, Kia Ora has seen many owners and occupiers pass through its doors all adding to it's provenance. Some of its residents include NSW Premier & Federal Treasurer Sir William Lye, Albury Mayor Alfred Waugh and the builder of Albury's own War memorial Thomas Bartleson.
Chenery brothers operated their Stock & Station Agency from the building in the late 1800s. In June 1908 it became home to the "Albury School of Music" under Howard Douglas Tracy, teaching piano, singing, violin, elocution and German.
In 1879 fire spread from the blazing imperial hotel next door and took hold, the smoke stained granite can still be see to this day on the Northern wall overlooking the courtyard.
Kia Ora found a more sinister episode in Snake Oil salesman Frederick John Delbridge who operated from Kia Ora as a herbalist in 1920. He fled to Wollongong soon after the Albury coroner inquest into the death of a patient. He was described as "an imposter" with "no qualifications, imposing on the credulity of the public and charging exorbitant fees.". The building was then sold shortly after.
The NSW health Department commissioned an overall restoration in 1989 under the watchful eyes of heritage architect Kenneth Young and used largely as a general store facility servicing the old Albury Base hospital.
Today it serves as a cherished & well-loved home.
Speak with Martin in regards to future development & potential commercial use
Special Thanks to Greg Ryan and the Albury & District Historical Society for their assistance in researching Kia Ora
Inspections are by appointment only, call Marty Clarke to arrange 0431014710