The New Farm Locality was once a semi-rural retreat for a few well-heeled families on well-chosen sites. Gradually, the large estates gave way to gentlemen's villas and workers' cottages.

Many of those homes - whether modest or grand - have not survived, but luckily, an impressive variety of houses from earlier eras still remains.

While this snapshot of more than 20 local homes notes architectural details, the main focus is upon people - those who built the houses, the architects who designed them, and the successive residents and families who occupied and adapted them.

Once you start reading, perhaps you'll feel curious about the history behind the houses that you've passed while walking the streets of the peninsula. You may even begin to ask yourself, "I wonder who lived in this house?"