Beaumaris Modern: Modernist Homes in Beaumaris

A Beaumaris Modern compendium by Fiona Austin


Beaumaris Modern: Modernist Homes in Beaumaris is a collection of mid-century modern Beaumaris houses, beautifully documented by Jack Shelton, a bayside local now living and working as a professional photographer in LA.

Some are original in their design and are the architects’ own homes from the 50s and 60s and other homes have been sensitively restored and renovated.

All the houses have a back story, fascinating interiors and architectural details, particularly the houses in which the owners have lived for over 50 years. Each house features a history, written by Fiona Austin, a Beaumaris resident, interior designer and local Beaumaris heritage expert, and Alison Alexander, a Beaumaris mid-century home owner, writer, editor and daughter of prominent architect Ross Stahle, from the architectural practice Mockridge Stahle Mitchell.

Each house includes a biography of the original architect, written by mid-century expert and architectural historian, Simon Reeves. A detailed floor plan also accompanies each house.


Fiona Austin grew up in a mid-century house in Sydney. Her early exposure to all things mid-century was engendered by her parents who had a strong appreciation of contemporary design.

After studying fine art and then design, Fiona worked for on staff for three years at Home Beautiful Magazine and then went on to edit The Period Home Renovator magazine, whilst studying restoration and conservation at RMIT.

While her children were small, Fiona freelanced for three years, writing about design for the then “Home” section of the “Age” newspaper and Home Beautiful Magazine as well as working as an interior designer for various companies. Fiona established her own interior design practice, Austin Design Associates, in 1999.

In 2001, Fiona and her husband, Craig, and their two sons, purchased a mid-century house in Beaumaris. Over time, Fiona became distressed at seeing many mid-century houses being demolished. Fiona started photographing Midcentury houses and interviewing the owners, then started the Beaumaris Modern Facebook page in an effort to link up possible purchasers of mid-century houses with houses for sale in Beaumaris.

Fiona has operated her design practice for over 20 years and specialises in residential design, with a particular interest in mid-century homes. Fiona is a Chapter councillor and Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.

Title: Beaumaris Modern
Author: Fiona Austin with Alison Alexander and Simon Reeves
Publisher: Melbourne Books, 2018
ISBN: 9781925556407

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  • At the launch of ‘Australian Modern’ by Hannah Lewi and Philip Goad... with @petermaddison and @mary.featherston. Plenty of Beaumaris Modern friends and colleagues in attendance! Encouraging to see a gallery space full up with Mid Century enthusiasts... The book will be available at Beaumaris Books from the 1st August.  @ausmodern @bryceraworth @tallstorey @jimmijam_patto @half_pricey @openhousemelb @boydfoundation #beaumarismodern #philipgoad #hannahlewi #bryceraworth
  • The Beaumaris Art Group building is a culturally and architecturally significant building under threat. The building was designed in two stages, the first part in 1965 by local architect Charles Bricknell and the ceramic studio in 1973 designed by architect John Thompson. The studios need a sympathetic renovation - not demolition. Please support saving this building! There is a Facebook page - Save the Beaumaris Art Group Studio and Instagram @savebagstudio #savebeaumarisartgroupstudio #beaumarismodern #savethisbuilding #beaumaris #art #beaumarisartgroup
  • SOLD 18 Sunset Avenue Beaumaris - the lovely original John Baird designed MCM one owner home. Congratulations to Christine from @hodgesbeaumaris - she has matched a local family with their dream MCM house! If you are looking for an MCM home in Beaumaris get your name on her data base!! #midcenturymodern #beaumarismodern @christinehendersonrealestate
  • Great location and a great MCM house! 16 Emily Street Beaumaris - this one is an off market sale - contact Ami Russell from OBrien Real Estate Tel: 0447 020 608.  #midcenturymodern #beaumarismodern #savethishouse


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Mission Statement

Beaumaris Modern is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to celebrate, educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the mid-century architecture of Beaumaris.