Houses by Street – Sutherland Rd

Sutherland Road, Beecroft

There are three theories for the naming of this road. The first is that it is named after Charles Sutherland a Councillor for Hornsby Shire for 33 years and President for 10 years. Secondly that it is named after Sutherland Scotland. Thirdly that it is named after John Sutherland, Minister for Public Works in 1887-1889

34, Greenmount then Homeland From 1925 to at least 1932 this was the home of Robert Poynder Allnutt and his family. She was an active Anglican fundraiser for the Church of England Boys Homes, Dr Barnardos and the Women’s Christian Temperance League. He was a real estate agent with Hardie Gorman and was a delegate to the Australian Fruit Conference. He died in 1952. He was active in the Branch of the Liberal Party [1].

[1]      Daily Mercury, 21 November 1923 p7; The Sun, 27 April 1929 p4; 28 November 1931 p7; Sydney Morning Herald, 1 October 1930; 12 November 1927 p12.

52, AT least in 1954 this was the home of Arthur Vernon Franklin and his wife Mavis Daphne. It was here that Miles Franklin the author was living when she died.

68, Pearson House, was built in 1963 for the Pearson family with John James as the architect. Mr James was also the architect of the Readers Digest Building in Surry Hills around this same time. The house has clear references to traditional Japanese buildings and links with the Sydney School of Architecture by having rough sawn timbers, skillion roofs and raked ceilings.

76A. This was the home of Alan Maxwell Murphy (1923-2022) and his family. Murphy was a leading virologist who moved to Sydney from Auckland New Zealand in 1959. He was the head of NSW Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research and was especially noted for his work on the poliomyelitis epidemic in Sydney of 1960-1961, the german measles pandemic of 1964-1965 and a gastroenteritis outbreak in 1978 derived from Georges River oysters. In 1971 Murphy was made a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Pathologists and in 1996 an Honorary Life member of the Australian Society for Microbiologists [1].
[1] Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2022; NSW Electoral Roll 1972.

84 was the home of Dr Thomas Reeve and his wife Mary Jo. See elsewhere on this web site for information about them. It was sold in 2023.

88, Inglenook It was built around 1900 and had only three owners when sold in 2017 [1]. From until at least 1915 until 1932 it was the home of Edward H Lack. This was the address of S Kougellis for membership of the Civic Trust between 1995 and 2008.

[1]      Northern District Times, 19 July 2017

96 was sold in 2024

110-112, Beveren or Beverene. From 1924 until 1932 this was the home of T A Taylor.

The house and garden are listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.

120 Werong the Whiteman residence from at least 1915. George Whiteman had been a journalist in England before migrating to NSW in 1884. He joined the Croydon Brick Co in 1887 and worked his way up to being Managing Director when he retired. His wife, Madeline Blanche (nee Filby) died in 1918 and he died aged 78 years in 1923. They had 6 boys and 4 girls [1].
[1] Grenfell Record, 25 January 1918 p2; Evening News, 15 December 1923 p6.

122    This was the home in 2006 of Sally Cook.

The house is listed on the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Register which comprises Schedule 5 (Environmental Heritage) of the Hornsby Local Environment Plan 2013.

The home of Dr & Mrs Claude Bollinger and their family. The house was demolished in 2022.