The family of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd managing director Edgar Rouse are pictured here, standing outside their new home which is under construction in Toorak, early-mid 1930.

Edgar's wife Mary Rouse (aka "Muff"), his daughter Julia Mary Rouse and his father John Joseph (JJ) Rouse, are standing out the front. Another child, John Layton Rouse, is standing in the doorway of the house.

Edgar and Mary bought the land in June 1929, and later owned the adjacent block which was gifted to them by Edgar's father JJ Rouse. A prominent society architect firm, Butler and Martin, designed the house, and well known landscape gardener Edna Walling designed the garden. The house design was signed off in July 1929 and construction took place between then and when the family moved in to the house, which was about October 1930, in time for Christmas that year.

Edgar's father JJ Rouse was the chief managing director of Kodak, and was visiting from Sydney, where he was based.

Images MM 142483 and MM 142484 were taken on the same day.

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Exterior of large two-storey house under construction, with man, woman and small child holding hands out the front of the house. Another child is visible inside the doorway of the house.

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Digital file. Digital copy of an original photograph. Original photograph was monochrome, landscape orientation with white border.

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