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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  • Auction this Saturday 11.30am for this classic Beaumaris MCM home. Fully restored and renovated - these gems are tightly held and don’t hit the market very often... contact Simone Chin from Nick Johnstone  Tel: 0403 857 266 📷 @jacksheltonphoto #beaumaris #midcenturymodern #beaumarismodern
  • Fiona Austin from Beaumaris Modern, had the pleasure seeing through this stunning home and meeting the original owner, Rhonda - pictured here with son Andrew.  This one owner 1965 (local architect John Baird) designed home goes to Auction this Saturday (unless sold before) Its open this Wednesday 12.00 - 12.30 pm. Come along and see this beautifully detailed home - with its north facing rooms, original timber joinery and  floor tiles - it’s pretty special ! 18 Sunset Avenue Beaumaris- Auction 10.30am Saturday 1st June.
Contact Christine Henderson from Hodges Tel: 0415 854 122
#beaumarismodern #midcenturymodern @christinehendersonrealestate #johnbaird #original #beaumaris #savethishouse
  • Our Beaumaris Modern junior crew selling plants and home made goodies as part of our #beaumarisclassicsbyfoot architecture walking tour - also part of the National Trust Heritage Festival. A fabulous day! Great coffee, perfect weather, lots of lovely members and guests and of course lots of MCM architecture and fascinating stories behind the houses! Thanks to the amazing Beaumaris Modern committee- who always go way beyond the call of duty- particularly Annie and Jamie (and Dot!)... Put our next big event in your diary- ‘Beaumaris Open’ on Sunday 20th October.
#beaumarismodern #heritagefestival #ahf2019 #midcenturymodern #beaumarisopen2019 #beaumarismodernwalkingtour #beaumarisclassicsbyfoot #architecture @nationaltrustvic @institute_architects_aus @architecture_vic  #mcm #baysidecouncil
  • People power works!! Please sign the petition (link in our bio) to save 38 Grosvenor Street Brighton. A house identified in 2 heritage studies as being significant! And designed and built by a Home Beautiful journalist in the 1920’s. beautiful craftsmanship inside and out - a special house... #savethishouse @nationaltrustvic #heritage


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Auction - 11.30am this Saturday, for this classic Beaumaris MCM home ‘The Nissen House.’

Fully restored and renovated - these gems are tightly held and don’t hit the market very often.

Contact Simone Chin from Nick Johnstone Tel: 0403 857 266
📷 @jacksheltonphoto
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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.