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Tudor House School

Item details

Name of item: Tudor House School
Other name/s: Hamilton (Former); Tudor House Preparatory School
Type of item: Built
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: Illawarra Highway, Moss Vale, NSW 2577
Local govt. area: Wingecarribee
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Illawarra HighwayMoss ValeWingecarribee  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Tudor House is significant in the cultural pattern of NSW for a number of reasons. Firstly, it illustrates the practice of building large country houses as "places to live" in the Southern Tablelands during summer. Its scale and character make it a good example of this type of activity. Secondly it illustrates an aspect of private school education which is now uncommon in the State, with students from all over Australia and particularly rural NSW attending as boarders. Tudor House is also significant at the State level because it possesses key characteristics of the architectural design of J. Horbury Hunt. It is an intriguing domestically scaled complex of interlocking pitched roof planes punctuated by massive chimneys, and as such it is regarded as one of Hunt's best essays in this romantic shingled style popular in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
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Designer/Maker: Horbury Hunt, J
Construction years: 1891-
Physical description: It is of brick construction with large timber shingled gables to the first floor, tall flat faced chimneys and steeply pitched slate roofs. It is an unmistakable example of J. Horbury Hunt's work and has as his hallmark a large roof ventilator over the ballroom and massive verandah posts and double arched entry porch of timber with a wind lock. The timber upper floor on a masonry ground floor base, the large asymmetrical gables reaching down to the ground floor roof level and enclosing the upper floor rooms and white painted window and door trims are also characteristic of Hunt's large houses. The building is in good condition and set in beautifully landscaped grounds of 64 ha along with sympathetically designed school facilities.
Modifications and dates: Internal adaption and additions for school purposes since 1901
Further information: Listed in the Local Environnmental Plan for Wingecarribee, 1989.
Current use: Educational
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: A large country house built for Alick Osbourne in 1891 and designed by
architect J. Horbury Hunt. In 1901 (or 1897?) it was first used as a school
and has had some remodelling and additions since. Tudor House is a
preparatory school for boys from grades 3 to 6. The boys attend Tudor House
from all parts of Australia. Many come from rural NSW.

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)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically significant statewide.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant statewide.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative statewide.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanWLocal Environmental Plan 2010I04616 Jun 10   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed  12 Jan 90 00700289
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Wingecarribee Heritage Study1991WI0046JRC Planning Services  Yes
Wingecarribee Heritage Study1991 JRC Planning Services  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Freeland, JM, "Architect Extraordinary: The Life & Works Of John Horburyì Hunt"
Written  C of E H.S. Journal Vol 10 No 3, Sept 1965

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2680046

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