Kilmore Advertiser, March 21, 1908
He has only been in business in Kilmore for the past six years, and has just completed the erection of a handsome two storey building, butchers shop and dwelling, on the site of his old premises in Sydney, having a frontage of 40’ by a depth of 60’. The buildings are erected of Brunswick machine made bricks on a solid foundation of bluestone and hydrolic lime concrete, and are undoubtedly the finest in Kilmore, giving Sydney Street’s architectural features a distinct set off. The shop which is 23’ x 20’ is one of the finest in the state, and since Mr Wallder has taken possession he has had many visitors expressing their admiration of it, together with the whole of the building.
The floor is of Kauri, with white marbled tiled walls, set off with a green border. The ceiling is of steel, and the shop is fitted up with marble counters. Under the shop is a large cellar with brine tanks and cool chambers which will prove highly advantageous during the hot summer months. Adjoining the shop is a nicely fitted up office and store room. The dining room 19’ x 14’ is on the ground floor. The private entrance is approached by a large hall 8’ in width, the staircase of arched grille. The entrance door being a special feature, the stained glass panels being of a very artistic design.
The shop is excellently lighted with two large sheets of plate glass and top windows. The doors being wire netted throughout, rendering the premises fly proof.
On the ground floor is a well appointed kitchen fitted up with a range and sink, also a pantry. All of the rooms in the first floor are 14’ high, and the second floor 12’. Upstairs is the drawing room 18’ x 11’, and four large bedrooms, the bathroom being fitted with a roman bath and leaded floor, with linen presses and other conveniences. The principal rooms have plaster cornices, giving them a pleasing effect.
There is a large balcony and verandah, supported by cast iron columns. The front rooms opening out to the balcony with French casement doors. The flooring of the balcony being of Tasmanian hardwood. The building is fitted up with electric light and electric bells.
At the rear of the main building new stables, buggy and cart shed, men’s rooms etc. have been erected.
Altogether the new building is a handsome and ornamental design and reflects credit upon Mr Wallder, whose enterprise on erecting such an imposing edifice is marked, showing his confidence in the stability of the town and district, and his example might well be followed by other citizens.
The architects were Messrs H W & F B Tompkins, of Elizabeth St Melbourne. The contractor being Mr H D McBean, Kew, and Clerk of Works Mr Owen McBreen.