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House At Randwick [Normanhurst] For H. Oxenham, Esq.

1887. Hand-coloured photo-lithograph, initialled “E.B.C.” and dated in block lower right, text throughout image, 18.9 x 25.8cm. Minor foxing and old mount burn.

Text includes “The Australasian Builder and Contractor’s News, May 21, 1887. John Kirkpatrick..., Architect.” The mansion, Normanhurst, was built in 1887 in Alison Road, Randwick, NSW, on the corner of Cowper Street overlooking Randwick Racecourse. It was designed in an Italianate style by the architect John Kirkpatrick (1856-1923) -– an influential member of the NSW architectural establishment, with a career spanning over 40 years -– and was built for Humphrey Oxenham (1854-1923), a prosperous bookmaker and gambler. Accounts of the house were published in The Builder & Contractor’s News on 21 May 1887 and The Illustrated Sydney News on 15 April 1893. The former noted that “at the main entrance on the east side there are massive stone gate piers, with pediments over the wicket gates” while the latter described the grounds as being laid out “in a highly ornamental and beautiful manner” and “enclosed by a solid wall of red and white bricks.” Part of this polychrome wall survives, although the house itself has been demolished. By 1909 when this photograph was taken Normanhurst had become the home of retired master mariner Alexander Forbes (f864-1919). Ref: HHT.

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Item #CL169-48

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