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Historic Greycliffe House, one of the few remaining examples of Gothic architecture in the Sydney area, stands in Nielsen Park, Vaucluse. Part of the Sydney Harbour National Park the area is a popular sanctuary in the city for people and native species.

John Reeve, son-in-law to the explorer William Charles Wentworth, built Greycliffe House as a family residence. Completed in 1851, it was handed over to the public estate in 1911. Since then it featured in Sydney’s history as the Lady Edeline Baby Hospital and Tresillian Mothercraft Home. Today it is the office of the Sydney Harbour South area of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The face of the historic gardens surrounding this heritage icon has changed many times through the property’s long history. A range of plantings and garden maintenance resulted in the mixture of both native and exotic species. However, many of the features and plantings from the Tresillian 1930s have been preserved through the years.

Matron Kaibel who worked at the Tresillian Home was a keen gardener. She laid stones, designed and planted the garden herself over her 18 years there. Today, the restored or reconstructed well, the terrace gardens, pathways and the parterre gardens are still amongst the most interesting features.

The roof of the current building was replaced after the building was almost destroyed by fire in 1897.

I believe the garden area is also available for wedding receptions.

Most of this information was taken from

Australiana Challenges, Aug 2010.
Historic Sites, Oct 2014.

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Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
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  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Great looking Buliding and capture Michael, lovely colour and interesting history

  • Thanks Trudi. It would have been interesting to see the original roof but I like the colour of the new one & the amazing architecture.

    – Michael Matthews

  • raymondj4000
    raymondj4000over 4 years ago

    Great capture Michael.. lovely old building and I like the way u wrote it up ..well done..

  • Thanks a lot Ray. A slight departure from my usual aussie landscapes & native flowers but I love these beautiful old buildings as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    I love those old sandstone homes. Nic pic Michael.

  • Thanks Michael.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Very well photographed and written Michael.

  • Thanks Trish.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    An excellent image Michael well composed and interesting to read the history.
  • Thanks Terry. There’s a lot of info there on it’s fascinating history & great views over the harbour as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    A great Aussie Home Michael!

  • Thank you for the feature.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you Matt.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 2 years ago

    well done Michael! the picture is beautiful with intense colors

    Houses exterior view challenge

    please take a minute to view and write few words in the topic

  • Thanks a lot Manon.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Keala
    Keala2 months ago

    This is excellent work!

  • Thanks a lot Leigh & for the fave!

    – Michael Matthews

  • MoreKeala
    MoreKeala2 months ago

    Featured 10/18/14

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Michael Matthews

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