Sunday, 13 January 2013

Lymerston House Tempe

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Lymerston House in Tempe has been sold a number of times. In 1868 it was advertised as " a commodious family residence and grounds".

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Friday 20 November 1868, page 7

The house was recently advertised by domain.com.au outlining some of it's heritage value:
This 1840's Victorian residence rests amid stunning north east facing landscaped gardens on a private 1588sqm landholding. 'Lymerston House' was built in 1842-1843 by Richard Way, an Elizabeth St solicitor. His daughter, Anne died at the age of 9 has a window dedicated to her in the Anglican Church at St Peters. Richard died in 1872. The property was purchased in 1884 by the NSW Government and housed the railway workers between 1884 and 1909 while the railway was constructed. The property was then vacant until it was acquired by the Sisters of Mercy and was used as a convent from 1915 to 1982. The Nuns used the convent to teach school for 2-3 years while Tempe High School was being built. In 1982 the property was purchased by the current owners and used as Kriskindl, a residential education centre. This historic estate is undoubtedly one of Tempe's most impressive and significant properties.
How sad then, to find out that a recent development application shows that there are plans to subdivide the grounds of Lymerston House and build 2 dwelling houses and to convert Lymerston House into 4 strata flats.

Should you have an interest in having a say about this application, please contact Marrickville Council before 24 January 2013.

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