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We thought it would be interesting to dig through the archives of some of Australia’s oldest newspaper rental ads to get a glimpse of what ‘home sweet home’ has meant over the last few centuries.


The Queen Anne villa with two double beds, liable to walk away if not carefully watched

1917  – Oakleigh and Caulfield Times, Mulgrave and Ferntree Gully Guardian – VIC

A newspaper’s idea of an April Fool’s property listing some 100 years ago, perhaps? This advertisement offered views of the graveyard (ankle deep in mud) and requested visitors to not interfere with the ornaments.

A case of too much information

1904 – Albury Banner and Wodonga Express – NSW

Poor John Merrin’s eyeball met a dire fate after a gallant attempt at chivalry and left his farm vacant for a new tenant.

I’d like to be… close to the sea

1901 – Evening News – NSW

Who doesn’t love a home set-up for easy access to sea bathing? This advertisement, published in 1901, offered up the ‘Gentleman’s Residence’ and its every convenience.

A change is as good as a holiday

1906 – The Sydney Stock and Station Journal – NSW

‘A family at Rose Bay wants a vacation.’ It seemed the perfect opening (and excuse) for this furnished home available to rent back in 1906.

For anyone desiring to rent a handy residence

1909 – The Evening Telegraph – QLD

Who doesn’t want a well-stocked garden and poultry yard? It would have been a real drag if these two features weren’t attached to this ‘handy’ residence.

Asking for a friend

1907 – The Sydney Stock and Station Journal – NSW

When you don’t have a property of your own to put up for rent, why not advertise for your friends? Such was the case for the friend of the landlord who advertised their furnished house in Ashfield back in 1907.

A furnished tent to let!

1943 – Sunday Mail – Brisbane, QLD

Why rent a house when you could rent a tent? This tent came with a double and a single bed, table, chairs, duchess (vanity) and a camp cooker.

Why not rent a well-known residence?

1928 – The Register – Adelaide, SA

Some residences are better suited to the winter season, it seems. This roomy family residence offered a great opportunity for a renter – especially a pastoralist – looking for a first-class home.

Room for a young lady

1861 – The Argus – Melbourne, VIC

‘Room wanted’ ads aren’t as fancy as these anymore! A comfortable room with breakfast and tea was all this young lady was after in 1861.


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