The Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA) actively supported the campaign to retain the Powerhouse Museum in its existing location at Ultimo and preserve some of Parramatta’s most treasured heritage-listed buildings that were on the proposed relocation site, namely, Willow Grove, built in the 1870s, and a historically complete row of seven terrace houses - St Georges Terrace (1881).
HHA supported the National Trust in calling for a moratorium on any action to demolish these heritage structures. As well as supporting petitions for the North Parramatta Residents Action Group ‘Save our local heritage’ and Save the Powerhouse Ultimo which gathered over 20,000 signatures. And additionally calling on the NSW state Government, as custodian of the properties and the Powerhouse Museum treasures, to ensure that irreplaceable heritage was secured for present and future generations.
HHA Board Member, Tim Duddy commented at the time on the proposal, "Instead of bulldozing our shared history, the NSW State Government should be restoring these houses and integrating them into any future developments in the area.”
NSW State Government has subsequently decided not to move the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo, instead building a completely new Powerhouse Parramatta on the Parramata CBD site. Willow Glenn is being relocated to an undisclosed location and the eight 140 -year old heritage-listed houses have been demolished. (2022)
In this statement The Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA) objected to the development proposal (2019) for 5 – 9 Sandy Bay Road Hobart, stating, The Hobart villas along, and within the vicinity of, Hampden Road are rare and should be valued for their important historical significance and tourism potential. The main reason given for the proposed development’s failing to consider these points was that the height of the development would destroy the connection these historical homes have with a-joining St David’s Park, the Derwent River and views to other parts of Hobart. Additionally, Many of the original gardens and homes would be overshadowed in both light and bulk based on this proposal.
Initial Submission to the Review of the Heritage Act NSW
In this initial submission (May 2021) The Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA) considered the objectives and purposes of the Heritage Act and the mechanisms used to meet its objectives in order to provide the framework for implementing the Heritage Act. The submission found that the review of the Heritage Act currently focuses on the compliance objectives of the Heritage Act and asked the committee to consider all objectives.
Save Mount Gilead
In 1812 Governor Macquarie granted Mount Gilead land to Reuben Uther and it has remained one of the few intact land grants of that period. It boasts an 1836 windmill, one of the oldest surviving in Australia, and in 1824 Thomas Rose built a sandstone water reservoir, the earliest private example again still surviving. The grain store is reputed to have been designed by Francis Greenway.
Additionally, it is home to many scar trees of significance to local aboriginal people and owing to its location at the point where the Nepean and Georges Rivers are closest it is the last remaining wildlife corridor and koala habitat between these two major rivers in the Sydney Basin.
Mount Gilead was included in the State Heritage Inventory and in 2015 the National Trust noted that Mount Gilead was of exceptional significance as a cultural landscape on account of these nationally rare surviving features within it and its intactness as an estate.
At the time of this petition proposals existed to sell the land including a working farm to Lend Lease to develop 20,000 houses. Previously, in 1993, such plans were put on hold due to environment concerns about pollution to the nearby Nepean River,
5-9 Sandy Bay Road
In this statement The Historic Houses Association of Australia (HHA) objected to the development proposal for 5 – 9 Sandy Bay Road Hobart, stating, The Hobart villas along, and within the vicinity of, Hampden Road are rare and should be valued for their important historical significance and tourism potential. The main reason given for the proposed development’s failure to consider these points was that the height of the development would destroy the connection these historical homes have with a-joining St David’s Park, the Derwent River and views to other parts of Hobart. Additionally, Many of the original gardens and homes would be overshadowed in both light and bulk based on this proposal.
Property Network Interview: The Grange
An interview with Margaret, curator of The Grange which was Captain Charles Sturt's residence in South Australia from 1840 to 1853. The building houses many of Sturt's original documents and possessions in a collection of national significance.
Restoration Australia: An HHA Property Network Member
Milton Terrace forms an important part of the architectural and social story of Sydney and, to coincide with the appearance of one of the Milton Terrace residences on Restoration Australia on Sunday 11 October, we would like to share some of the history of Milton Terrace with you.
On Collectors and Collections
Our volunteer Isabella has been producing some fascinating examinations of material culture. Here you can download her piece around the philosophy of a collection and what inspires people to collect.
Open House: Morton House
Morton House, on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park is a home specifically designed to harmoniously blend with its native bushland setting. In February 2020 the HHA held an Open House event here in partnership with Modern House.
The Industrious Settler: A History
1.5 km north of St Albans on the western side of Wollombi Rd on a small hillock above floodplain paddocks is an imposing two storey Georgian sandstone homestead. This is the former inn, 'The Industrious Settler', perched picturesquely on a high rock outcrop.
Heritage for the Future at Douglas Vale
The most recently completed project at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard in Port Macquarie, NSW, is the Research & Archives storage facility. Read more about the aretfacts held here.
Rothwell Lodge Verandah
Rothwell Lodge was built around 1847 and features some important Victorian Regency details. One such feature is the verandah posts with fretwork infills, unique for Glebe and now rare for Sydney.
The traditional Georgian cantilevered staircase in the entrance hall at Terragong always elicits a 'wow' from visitors to the house and has featured in many a wedding photograph over the decades.
Unlocking the Past: Terragong
Five (of a total of six) internal doors off the central hallway at Terragong feature wonderful door furniture that was no longer in full working order. Read the story of the restoration.