The Grange 38 Selsdon St - Mount Victoria

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MRS. S. J. DELANEY. LITHGOW, Monday.

12 September 1933, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 10

…Piddington had taken a precocious interest in the Mountains and in Mount Victoria in particular. In the 1850s, well before the railway across the Mountains was built, he saw the possibilities of a mountain retreat. With two friends, James Milson junior (the son of Milson of Milsons Point ) and Milson’s yachting associate, John Pirrie (J.P.) Roxburgh , Piddington regularly rode to the Mountains and to the Illawarra for fresh air, exercise and the slaughter of native game. These ‘Three Dusty Citizens of Sydney’, as Sydney Punch called them, purchased the old Toll House at Mount Victoria in the 1850s: George Sheppeard leased the Toll Bar and built the Welcome Inn adjacent, but Piddington and his friends used the house regularly.…

…was not an incorporated body, and in 1941, after incorporation, the Mission took legal possession of the run-down building. It continued as an Anglican centre for half a century. During this time, in 1946, the plumbing in the house was completely overhauled and a former army hut was installed to accommodate the caretakers, Mr and Mrs McKinney . In 1989 the property was acquired by Barker College , the Anglican school in Hornsby. The Scripture Union has, however, continued to utilise the resources of The Grange . Source; NSW Environment and Heritage Other resources; Antilla Roxburgh , Antilla Roxburgh Burwood George Sheppeard  …

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QUEENSLAND. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) BRISBANE, THURSDAY.

27 July 1883, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 7

…the village area. This meant that Piddington (as the most active and visible of the consortium) owned the Royal Hotel (now the Victoria and Albert), while sub-dividing other allotments so that John Fairfax could in 1876 build his retreat (later Cooper’s Grand Hotel) and the Hotel Imperial could be opened in 1878. As a result William Piddington was, and remains, a highly significant figure in the development of Mount Victoria. Mount Piddington was named by or after him by 1872 and he was responsible for making the private track to Fairy Dell in 1879. In 1875 Piddington and his associates, Antilla Roxburgh (the wife of J.P . ) and James Milson Jr , purchased the land on which The Grange was built: a subsequent grant was made in 1881 to remedy defects in the 1875 document. Piddington’s health had deteriorated in 1872, when he was Colonial Treasurer for the first time, and it seems likely that he was contemplating the erection of a country retreat more luxurious than the Toll House. Piddington was an admirer of the architecture of John Horbury Hunt and commissioned three separate buildings from him in the 1870s and 1880s. Horbury Hunt , born in Canada in 1838…

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Family Notices

31 January 1873, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 1

…that Piddington (as the most active and visible of the consortium) owned the Royal Hotel (now the Victoria and Albert), while sub-dividing other allotments so that John Fairfax could in 1876 build his retreat (later Cooper’s Grand Hotel) and the Hotel Imperial could be opened in 1878. As a result William Piddington was, and remains, a highly significant figure in the development of Mount Victoria. Mount Piddington was named by or after him by 1872 and he was responsible for making the private track to Fairy Dell in 1879. In 1875 Piddington and his associates, Antilla Roxburgh (the wife of J.P. ) and James Milson Jr , purchased the land on which The Grange was built: a subsequent grant was made in 1881 to remedy defects in the 1875 document. Piddington’s health had deteriorated in 1872, when he was Colonial Treasurer for the first time, and it seems likely that he was contemplating the erection of a country retreat more luxurious than the Toll House. Piddington was an admirer of the architecture of John Horbury Hunt and commissioned three separate buildings from him in the 1870s and 1880s. Horbury Hunt , born in Canada in 1838 and as a teenager brought…

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CHURCH NEWS. CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

15 December 1900, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 8

…Antilla Roxburgh , Antilla Roxburgh Burwood George Sheppeard…