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Open Weekend at Eryldene Historic House & Garden

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See this magnificent house and gardens with no entry fee
Eryldene historic house and garden was the home of scholar and Professor EG Waterhouse, and his wife, Janet. The house and garden layout were designed by colonial architect, Hardy Wilson in 1913 and the house is the result of twenty years of amazing collaboration between client and architect.

The whole place is an object of great significance.
It consists of:
The house and garden
Oriental teahouse
Garden study
Pigeon house
Walled fountain
Garden furnishings
Plant material
Artworks and artefacts from China, Japan, Europe and Australia

Eryldene was a cultural centre in Sydney from the 1920s to the 1950s. It is particular to the "wide-ranging cultural, artistic, linguistic, horticultural and international interests of Waterhouse". It was typical of suburban life in the first half of the 20th century, where self-sufficiency and frugality were encouraged in the four Waterhouse boys. It provides obvious evidence of many stories relevant to Australia's history.

In1979, the Eryldene Trust was established to buy Eryldene and to conserve, manage and keep it established for public education and enjoyment. In that time it had received no ongoing funding from any government or other organisation and depended on its upkeep and daily management on donations. It also needed funds raised through events and government grants for capital works.

Nowadays it is open on the second weekend of every month between April and September. This is the time when the camellias are in bloom and at their best.

The garden is regarded as the home of the camellia in Australia.

To celebrate Eryldene's 105th birthday, there will be free entry on Saturday, 13th and Sunday 14th April 2019 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. It is situated at 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon.

One hundred and five years ago in April 1914, Mr and Mrs Waterhouse and their first son, Gordon, moved into their newly-completed house, Eryldene in Gordon, NSW. The Waterhouses raised four sons and lived at Eryldene until the death of the Professor in 1977.

For this event, not only will the house be open for this anniversary but the garden will also be open. Visitors will be able to stroll through the exquisite garden rooms and take a guided tour of the Waterhouse home.

You will see treasures from the collection that are not normally on display. Wander through the world-renowned garden. Or take the opportunity to hear stories about the roles played by the Waterhouse family in the history of style, art, science, linguistics, horticulture and scholarship and the creation of the work of art we know as Eryldene today.

The cafe is called the House & Garden Cafe and this will be open for light refreshments.

You will be able to buy an Eryldene Sunday Afternoon Teas from 1.00 pm. Tea bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. The cost for afternoon teas is $25 for adults; $12 for children (6-12 years). You can make your bookings at this link.

For more information, click on their website.

There is free parking in the commuter car park at the corner of McIntosh Street and Wenona Avenue.
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Why? For a free look at Eryldene House
When: 13th and 14th April 2019
Where: 17 McIntosh Street Gordon, NSW
Cost: FREE
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