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Milton Park Main House

Item details

Name of item: Milton Park Main House
Other name/s: Milton Park & Garden inc Cottage & Stables
Type of item: Built
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: Horderns Road, Bowral, NSW 2576
Local govt. area: Wingecarribee
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Horderns RoadBowralWingecarribee  Primary Address
5km along Kangaloon Rd East of BowralEast BowralWingecarribee  Alternate Address


Designer/Maker: Morrow & dePutron
Construction years: 1911-
Physical description: A picturesque Federation bungalow with European influences and Art Nouveau detailing. The deep verandahs have marble floors and steps, the walls are grey cement render. The roofs have big hips with an unusual octagonal tower.
Modifications and dates: The mansion's original "Tudoresque" external embellishment was replaced with the more fashionable shingle treatment seen today about 20 years after it was completed. The addition of a family room on the eastern side (c1960's) to main house. New accommodation wings (1980's), designed by the architectural firm Phillip Cox and Partners, were added for Hotel guest Suites.
Further information: Listed by The Royal Institute of Australian Architects.
Listed in the Local Environmental Plan for Wingecarribee, 1989.
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Milton Park was built in 1911 by Anthony Horden (1889-1970) and named after
the town of Milton on the south coast which was founded by his maternal
grandfather, John Booth. The architects were Morrow & De Putron of Sydney.
The mansion was the focus of entertainment for many members of the Sydney
"social set" of the time. After the death of Anthony Hordern III's first
wife, Viola, in 1929 and following his marriage in 1932 to Ursula Mary
Bullmore, changes were made to the house as well as the gardens. From
1960-1976 Milton Park was owned by King Ranch (Aust) P/L but Mr P Baillieu
and his wife Edwina, a daughter of the Horderns lived there. From 1977 until
1984 the Baillieus remained at Milton Park. In 1984 the property was sold and
the then new owners, Drs Ron White and John Cooper initiated a program to
establish the house as the cone of a country house hotel resort.

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 regionally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically 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 PlanWLEP 2010I07116 Jun 10   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed  12 Jan 90 007288
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Wingecarribee Heritage Study1991WI0071JRC Planning Services  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Pastoral Review Tanner,H.The Great Gardens of NSW, 1977.
Written  RAIA Twentieth Century Buildings of Significance
Written  Australian Dictionary of Biography

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2680071

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