Woodlands | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Woodlands
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 15-17 Duffy Avenue, Thornleigh, NSW 2120
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
15-17 Duffy AvenueThornleighHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Good example of an early Federation period brick house. Symmetrical type with wrap-around verandah. Excellent condition. Of historical interest for its charitable and church uses.
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Physical description: Early Federation period house. Symmetrical design. Tuck-pointed face brick walls in Flemish bond. Simple square timber posts above brick piers and balustrade. Magnificent original door with side panels lights and toplights. Gablet over entry. Very good tall moulded rendered chimneys. Bay windows with large double-hung panes. Side verandahs enclosed.


Historical notes: Construction of the building took four months and was completed in 1894. It was built for Thomas Woodland Hall Chief Accountant NSW Railways. The size of the property at that time was 5 acres. In more recent years (c1970's) the property was purchased by the Methodist Church and became part of their social service work as a home for girls in need. They were under the care of Rev W Hobden. They had previously operated such a home in Drummoyne for 4 years and had many successes in rehabilitating girls. The work extended beyond the Drummoyne property and they moved the work to 'Woodlands' renaming it 'Heighway House' to continue to honour the services of Deaconess Dorothy Heighway who had served at Drummoyne. It accomodated 16 girls between the ages of 15-18. In 1985 the property was purchased from the then Uniting Church by the Thornleigh Baptist Church for the sum of $200 000. Right after purchase it was partly gutted by fire. It is believed the fire was set by vandals or derelicts. It was then restored to near original condition and has since been used by the Church for a great variety of activities including a short-term emergency accomodation flat on one side a caretaker flat at rear and for programmes for youth retired people children office etc.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Recommended management:


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHornsby Local Environmental Plan 201370327 Sep 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hornsby Shire Heritage Study1993 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdVM No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1780336

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