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War Service Homes

Government-financed houses were provided at concessional rates in recognition of the wartime sacrifices made by military personnel. Initially the homes were built by the State Savings Bank and later the Housing Commission of Victoria but, in the period after World War II finance was also made available for privately developed dwellings. War service estates are easily identified by their unusual street names, evocative of battles in the two world wars. Thus Villers and Bretonneux squares can be found in East Malvern, Passchendaele Street in Hampton, and from a later period, Tobruk Road and Benghazi Avenue in Ashburton.

Seamus O'Hanlon