Exterior photograph of Braelin, home of Dr Gene Sherman AM & Brian Sherman AM

Braelin, Exterior. Photo courtesy Dr Gene Sherman AM & Brian Sherman AM


Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November

Centennial Park




Donald Esplin for Sir Allen Taylor

‘Braelin’ was built in 1918 for Sir Allen Taylor, the former Lord Mayor of Sydney (for two terms, in 1905–06 and 1909–12). It was designed by Melbourne-born architect Donald Thomas Esplin, considered one of Sydney’s best domestic architects working in the English Arts and Crafts style. In 2018, Dr Gene Sherman AM and Brian Sherman AM purchased the property from Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. The Shermans have worked with collector and designer Don Cameron to remodel and restore the important heritage home. The residence showcases contemporary art selected from the Gene & Brian Sherman Collection and a collection of contemporary and historical design sourced locally and abroad specifically for the interiors.

Tour experience

Join Dr Gene Sherman AM and Don Cameron for a guided tour of the home, with a focus on the restored heritage features, newly installed furniture and fixtures, and a selection of works from the Gene and Brian Sherman Collection of Contemporary Art.


Dr Gene Sherman AM

Dr Gene Sherman AM is a philanthropist, academic and expert on art, fashion and architecture. Following a career in academia, Dr Sherman founded Sherman Galleries in 1986, followed by the not-for-profit Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF, 2008–17). In 2018, she founded the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), a five-year program focusing on fashion and architecture.

Don Cameron

Based in Sydney, Don Cameron works across the disciplines of design, art and film and as a creative partner. Initially working as a director, he directed videos for bands such as Garbage, Blur and Pet Shop Boys. Cameron progressed to direct European advertising campaigns, shaping the identities of the brands L’Oréal, Audi, Braun and H&M. On returning to Sydney, his unique visual language found concrete form within the built environment such as in the interiors of Hotel Hotel Canberra. When not designing or art directing, Cameron travels the world to source and import vintage design, which is offered through his apartment gallery in Sydney’s Point Piper.

  • Interior photograph of Braelin residence.
  • Interior photograph of Braelin residence.
  • Interior photograph of Braelin residence.

Key information

Session duration

40 mins


This tour has a capacity of 30 people per session.

to know

  • Photography restricted
    Photographs can be taken and published online without Geotags.

  • Toilets available

  • Accessible
    Visitors can be guided to wheelchair / restricted mobility access if required.