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Kishnaghur Archaeological Site

Item details

Name of item: Kishnaghur Archaeological Site
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Primary address: 42A Evans Road, Telopea, NSW 2117
Local govt. area: Parramatta
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
42A Evans RoadTelopeaParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Kishnaghur archaeological site, on the corner of Tilley and Osborne Streets in Dundas Valley, is of significance for the people of Parramatta for historical reasons, for its associaitons with Captain Thomas Baylis, and for its archaeological research potential. The site and grounds may retain evidence of the former use and contribute further to the understanding of the history of the area.
Date significance updated: 17 Mar 15
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Construction years: 1836-
Physical description: The Kishnaghur archaeological site is bound by Evans Road, Lord Avenue, Tilley Street and Osborne Avenue. It was originally part of a broader (50-acre) Original Grant to John Ramsay of 1791. Today the area is vacant and used as a public park.
The house Kishnaghur was built circa 1836 and demolished before 1943.
Further information: CPS, NTL


Historical notes: Kishnaghur was a notable house built by Captain Thomas Henry Baylis in 1836-1837. It had extensive sandstone cellars, and was overlooking a large circular driveway near the present corner of Osborne Avenue and Tilley Street, Telopea. In 1891 Kishnaghur was one of two large estates in Oatlands (Parramatta – A Past Revealed, p. 228). The house may have had L-shaped footprint (ibid, p. 243). In 1930, an aerial shows it as a rectangular plan (E Boesel, unpublished independent research). By the end of the second world war the house appears to be demolished or destroyed.
Captain Thomas Henry Baylis (1792-1853) was in active military service from 1810-1837 and notably fought in Napoleonic Wars. Baylis was a long time magistrate in the Edinburgh Castle which is in the City of Edinburgh. He married Julia Dorothea Bartels in Calcutta, India, where the name Kishnaghur originated. Thomas and Julia Baylis had a large family. An anecdote tells that Baylis had an altercation with a Mr Morgan in Wagga Wagga during which Baylis had his thumb shot off. Both Thomas and Julia Baylis are buried in St John's Cemetery Parramatta.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan A6   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Parramatta City Comprehensive Heritage Review 2011 Parramatta City Council and Zoran Popovic  Yes

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Database number: 5062788

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