The childhood home of a Ballarat war hero is on the market.
Harold Edward ‘Pompey’ Elliott, now immortalised as a statue in Sturt Street, was born on the Charlton property and grew up there before moving to Ballarat for his education.
Elliott went to Ballarat and Clarendon College, where one of the school houses is named after him.
He was dux of the school in 1897, but his achievements were only just getting started by that stage.
In 1989, Elliott served with distinction in the Boer War.
He completed his law studies at the University of Melbourne, and at the declaration of World War I, he was appointed a battalion commander with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He was wounded in the Gallipoli landing but later fought in the battle of Lone Pine.
In 1916 he became the commander of the 15th Brigade and was famous for his fierce loyalty to his men and his up-front approach to his superiors.
Later he was promoted to Brigadier, then Major General.
After the war he became a Victorian senator.
During those years, Pompey Elliott was arguably the most popular politician in the country.
He died in 1931. In 2011, his statue was unveiled in Sturt Street.
His former home, an 1880s era property in West Charlton, is currently listed at $425,000.
The four-bedroom home is listed as having been extended in 1990 and now “presents in perfect condition”.
It features 26 hectares of land, a cubby house, an orchard, a chicken house and established grape vines and vegetable gardens.
For more information, contact Noel Bennett from Elders Real Estate on 0417 562 691.