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Wallarobba and Willow Park

Item details

Name of item: Wallarobba and Willow Park
Other name/s: Willow Park Community Centre
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 25-27 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby, NSW 2077
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
25-27 Edgeworth David AvenueHornsbyHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Impressive Federation period mansion of unusual and highly mannered design. Good condition and little altered. Much of the original interior remains. The residence of Alfred R. Parker former Lord Mayor of Sydney.
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Physical description: Wallarobba

Two storey Federation style house. Face brick and stone walls with roughcast band below eaves. Slate roof. Slightly asymmetrical facade. Stone porches on corners with balconies above. Recessed entry with bay window beside. Large bays on each side with sheet metal hoods and turned timber mullions. Sheet metal balustrades to balconies. Rusticated sandstone to entry porches and window aprons. Smooth cut sandstone to first floor windows. Fine brick chimneys with pots. Set well back from road. Tree in circular driveway. Otherwise surrounded by asphalt. Much of the interior is original.

Willow Park

Former garden around 1905 mansion now small park. Garden around building is notable for the mature trees which remain including uncommon Syzigium Brush Box and Camphor Laurels (to 16m high). Mature Camphor Laurels and Lillipilli extend into area of present park which is provided with modern amenities and playground equipment. Concrete light standards exist from c1960#s. Also two Norfolk Island Pines and Coral Trees from c1950#s. Circular carriage drive (now bitumen) remains in front of building. Unsympathetic and utilitarian modern steel fencing surrounds park. Park also conserves mature indigenous species to 20 metres high including Turpentine Smooth Bark Angophora and Stringybark.


Historical notes: Built for Elizabeth Kirby a widow in 1903. The following year she sold it to her son William Henry Kirby an undertaker. In 1911 he sold the property to James Stephen Inch Managing Director of the Co-operative Assurance Company. In 1925 it was sold again to Alfred R. Parker who re-named it 'Willow Park'. Parker was a Councillor of Hornsby Shire between 1926-30 and Lord Mayor of Sydney from 1934. He was knighted shortly before his death in 1935. Lady Parker lived in the house until 1937.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-
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 201347727 Sep 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

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

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1780366

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