- Media release
The Historic Houses Trust, known for its innovative approach to the conservation and management of historic properties, is offering Throsby Park, a place of exceptional heritage significance, for long-term lease.
Throsby Park, a 74-hectare estate, has played a vital role in Sydney’s early history. Granted to Dr Charles Throsby by Governor Macquarie in 1819, it was the first and earliest land grant in the Southern Highlands. Throsby Park House (c1834) was home to six generations of the Throsby family.
A rare example of a colonial-era rural estate, the property has previously operated as a local museum and is now being returned to residential use.
Director of the Historic Houses Trust, Mark Goggin, described the project to restore the house and gardens,
“Over the past three years, Throsby Park has been transformed through a meticulous conservation project, from a heritage property at serious risk, to offering the opportunity to become a lived in, and cared for, rural home. Throsby Park Estate is, once again, a jewel in the crown of NSW heritage properties: a living and breathing example of how the past and present can be enjoyed together.” he said.
“This remarkable estate has been restored as a place for people to come and marvel at Sydney’s rich past, and demonstrates the importance of Sydney Living Museums’ heritage conservation work. Generous philanthropic donations through our Foundation have enabled our Endangered Houses Fund to undertake the program of careful restoration works. We are proud to have brought this property to a liveable state to present an interested party with the unique opportunity to share a role in the sustainable future of Throsby Park Estate.”
Heritage Minister Robyn Parker said Throsby Park Estate is one of NSW’s best surviving colonial rural complexes and is listed in the NSW Heritage Register marking the enduring heritage significance of the property.
“I am delighted the Historic Houses Trust has restored the estate to its former grandeur. Offering the property for long term lease will preserve and maintain the site as a sustainable model, enable community visitation through open days, and ensure its contemporary relevance for future generations.”
The estate encompasses a collection of historic buildings with grazing and agistment capabilities providing potential future hospitality, business and residential opportunities. Extensive equestrian grounds developed by Del Throsby (who for many years operated a popular riding school), are also on offer.
The Historic Houses Trust is offering a leasehold of up to 40 years with a further 40-year option.
Ken Jacobs Real Estate is the appointed managing agent.
Interested parties please contact: Bruce Eason, Ken Jacobs Real Estate. P: (02) 8340-3402; M: 0419 282 848; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Throsby Park is the remnant 75 hectare core of the original 1,000 acre grant made to Dr Charles Throsby in 1819. The property encompasses:
- The Main Georgian style Homestead, c1834
- Colonial garden and furniture collection
- Throsby Cottage, c1823
- Stables and coach house, c1836
- Summer house/tennis pavilion
- Farm buildings and Garage
- Historic gardens
- Pastures, 10 fenced paddocks and a number of yards
- A creek, dams and reticulated water to some paddocks
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