Historical information

'Sunninghill' at 228 Cotham Road (Kew) is an historically significant building due to its associations with Joseph Thomas (Bland) Holt (1851-1942), theatre entrepreneur and actor who lived at the house following his retirement in 1909. Sunninghill (aka Sunning Hill) was one of his residences in Victoria (also 'The Anchorage' at Sorrento). Following Holt's death at Sunninghill on 28 June 1942, the house was left to his wife. After her death the house was bequeathed to Lucy Coppin, daughter of George Coppin. The 'Shakespeare Window' in the State Library of Victoria was at one stage installed in the house.

'Death of Mr Bland Holt: Great exponent of melodrama', The Argus, 30 June 1942, p. 3.
Shoesmith D, 'Holt, Joseph Thomas (Bland) (1851-1942)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol 4, 1972.
'The Shakespeare Window', State Library of Victoria website.

Physical description

Exterior photographs (digital) of Sunninghill, 228 Cotham Road, Kew VIC 3101.