Gilligaloola | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

Culture and heritage



Item details

Name of item: Gilligaloola
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 82 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst, NSW 2076
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
82 Pennant Hills RoadNormanhurstHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding early Federation mansion. One of the grandest houses in the area. Brick chimneys of very unusual design. Generally in good condition. The home of Norman Selfe after whom the suburb of Normanhurst was named. Selfe was a prominent civil engineer and naval architect.
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Designer/Maker: Norman Selfe
Physical description: Grand Federation house dated 1893. Complex plan and roof form. Face brick walls. Corrugated iron roof. Outstanding features are unusual brick chimneys. Small square tower. Gables shingled. Double-hung windows with rendered lintels and projecting sandstone sills. Substantial part of interior is original.


Historical notes: Built in 1893 for Norman Selfe and reputedly designed by him. He was a consulting engineer and President of the RAHS in 1902. The suburb Normanhurst was named after him. His two daughters Rhoda and Norma were the first Australian female graduates of the Montessori teaching method. The building was built around a weatherboard cottage which already stood on the site. An orchard extended to the railway line. There was also a tennis court and a formal Italian style garden with a sundial. A picket fence marked the main road boundary. The carriage entrance was to the northern boundary. Norman Selfe died in 1911. His daughter Norma lived in the house until her death in 1978.

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 201360627 Sep 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

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

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Database number: 1780340

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