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Mowll Memorial Village: Lober House

Item details

Name of item: Mowll Memorial Village: Lober House
Other name/s: Elwaton (Lober House)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Health Services
Category: Nursing Home
Primary address: 284 Castle Hill Road, Castle Hill, NSW 2154
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
284 Castle Hill RoadCastle HillHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding late Federation Arts and Crafts Style mansion. Probably the grandest house of its period in the study area. Original interior features of note. Dominant element of landscape due to position and size. Fine quality design with distinctive tiled roof and tall chimneys. Original outbuildings including Gate House andd four farm buildings. Original wrought iron gates and front fence. Other elements of original garden also of interest including driveway and fountain.
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Builder/Maker: BJ Waterhouse
Physical description: Late Federation style mansion. Face brick walls. Several wings with complex hipped terracotta tile roof. Dormers. Tall brick chimneys with terracotta pots. Boxed eaves. Multi-pane double-hung windows. Brick round arch arcade to entry. Deep vaulted verandahs. Interior features timber wall panelling patterned plaster or timbered ceilings. A number of outbuildings including Gate House. Front driveway with fountain. Wrought iron gates and stone fence.


Historical notes: Built for Robert Craig Dixson in 1925-6 on a holding of 117 acres. In 1958 Elwatan and six cottages on the property were sold by the Dixson family to the Anglican Retirement Villages. They are now part of the Mowll Memorial Village. The wrought iron gates and stone fence at the entrance to Castle Hill Road were moved from 'Abergeldie' after the death of Sir Hugh Dixson in 1926.

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 201325527 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: 1780517

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