Historical information

These plans were associated with Mr Andrew Wood, a contract builder who worked in the 1920s and built many Californian bungalows in Surrey Hills and surrounding suburbs.
Andrew Wood was born in Chiltern in 1861 to Andrew and Ellen Wood (MS: Green). His father had emigrated from Falkirk, Scotland. As a young man Andrew worked as a carpenter in the mines in South Africa (c 1899). He married Eleanor Agnes Stuchbery in Hamilton, Victoria in May 1901. They had 5 children - Doris (M Roberts), Robert Andrew, Donald Allen, Jean (M Cowan), and Gwenyth (M Bray). The first 2 children were born in Hawthorn; the other 3 in Surrey Hills. The family home at 286 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills (on the corner of Middlesex Road) was built by Andrew. Andrew died in 1940; Eleanor died in 1977, aged 100 years.
After Eleanor's death the house was sold and demolished. Surrey Lighting was established on the site.
Gwenyth May Wood (3 May 1917, Surrey Hills - 5 Jan 2004) married Leslie David Charles Bray (1921-1983). Gwenyth was the donor's mother.
Andrew, Eleanor and one son Robert are buried in Box Hill Cemetery - B-071-0028.

Physical description

.1: Specifications & plans for the kinder hall, Howard Street, Mont Albert for the Mont Albert Methodist Church, May 1925
.2 Plans for a proposed villa, 48 Payne's Paddock, Highfield Road, Canterbury for Mr E H Sillifant, dated 22/4/1920
.3 Plans for a timber villa for Mrs J A Burchell at Riversdale Road, Surrey Hills, stamped 9/5/1922
.4 Plan of a garage at Victoria avenue, Canterbury; stamped 14/2/1922
.5 Building permit & receipt from City of Hawthorn re Lot 16 Homebush Crescent; dated 7/4/1925
.6 Plans for a concrete house at Camberwell for Mr H W Field